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Saturday, March 26, 2022


by Carol Alena Aronoff

when hands steepled in prayer 
bloodstained palms 
in a last gesture 
to smoke-filled sky?

When ashes 
cover newly dug graves 
by those who wish 
a final goodbye 
before they flee?

Who will gather 
broken dolls 
to hold a funeral 
for childhood?

Cover the ears 
of shell-shocked 
as their owners 
carry them?

Collect tears 
from empty bullet-
scarred wells? 

Grow sunflowers 
from torn limbs
and copper jackets?

Who will be left 
to push grandmothers 
in wheelbarrows 
nowhere safe?


Carol Alena Aronoff, Ph.D. is a psychologist, teacher and poet. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and won several prizes. She was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Carol has published 4 chapbooks (Cornsilk, Tapestry of Secrets, Going Nowhere in the Time of Corona, A Time to Listen) and 6 full-length poetry collections: The Nature of Music, Cornsilk, Her Soup Made the Moon Weep, Blessings From an Unseen World, Dreaming Earth’s Body (with artist Betsie Miller-Kusz) as well as The Gift of Not Finding: Poems for Meditation. Currently, she resides in rural Hawaii.