The Bells of Guernica

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Oh Pablo where are you?

A new Condor has taken to the sky
changing his colors, striking the defenseless
no where to run no where to hie

And so they walk

Is there no one left to paint?

You have seen all this before
evil with a handsome face
staring from old posters
singing to our children
come to life again.

Oh Pablo!

Will you ring the bells in Budapest
in Krakow, in Bucharest?
Remind them of a time when they were prey?

And what of the mother of exiles
the new colossus with the torch
who silently beckons the homeless, tempest tossed
to our sea-washed sunset gates?

Has she no voice?
How many must die before is heard
the bells of Guernica?



Syria’s Children

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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7 Responses to The Bells of Guernica

  1. beetleypete says:

    The first time I have seen the comparison with the war in Spain. They also had problems with refugees, many of whom were similarly considered to be politically undesirable, for no fault of their own.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • toritto says:

      Hi Pete – Nothing like this has happened in the world in 75 years. I thought Europe and America would not let such tragedies happen again. People who will carry their children and their grandparents in their arms across a continent for safety can only be deemed heroic. There is no longer a Picasso to paint such tragedy. And we stand by and do little. The U.S. has a population of 330 millions – would it kill us to absorb 300,000 families?


      We started this horror with our destruction of Iraq and support of “regime change” in Syria. It is on our heads. And on NATO’s as well.

      Regards – and thanks for reading every post I put up while you were on vacation and commenting on each. You didn’t have to – but it is much appreciated.

      I owe you.


    • jfwknifton says:

      I was amazed to buy a Spanish TV series about the Civil War and to find that General Franco was happy to kill off such people as you mention. Apparently, a Fascist concentration camp in Alicante, for example, slaughtered a minimum of 25,000 Communists and Socialists…such things are one of the strongest reasons why supporters of Real Madrid and Barcelona hate each other so much.


      • beetleypete says:

        The Spanish Civil War was one of the most significant conflicts of the modern age, yet seems to have been largely forgotten now. The Republicans are often wrongly cited to be the rebels, when it was in fact Fascists, led by Franco and others, who overthrew the existing government by force. We could all learn a lot, from studying this tragic war.
        Regards, Pete.


  2. jfwknifton says:

    A very moving piece of work. I can’t see an easy way to remedy a situation where, literally, several millions of people would like to leave their country. The Russians have always thought it better to have just the one maniac in charge (Assad, Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi and so on) I’m not so sure that this isn’t a more realistic policy than the carnage we seem to have caused.


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