Bells of Guernica

A Re-Post for Syria


Oh Pablo where are you?

Is there no one left to paint?

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

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 a torch
silently beckoning the homeless, tempest tossed
to our sea-washed sunset gates?

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



Syria’s Children

“There is no fundamental right to a better life”

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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One Response to Bells of Guernica

  1. beetleypete says:

    You get right to it as always, Frank. From one civil war, to another. 80 years apart, yet nothing changes.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

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