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by Sylvia Plath

There is this white wall, above which the sky creates itself --
Infinite, green, utterly untouchable.
Angels swim in it, and the stars, in indifference also.
They are my medium.
The sun dissolves on this wall, bleeding its lights.

A grey wall now, clawed and bloody.
Is there no way out of the mind?
Steps at my back spiral into a well.
There are no trees or birds in this world,
There is only sourness.

This red wall winces continually:
A red fist, opening and closing,
Two grey, papery bags --
This is what i am made of, this, and a terror
Of being wheeled off under crosses and rain of pieties.

On a black wall, unidentifiable birds
Swivel their heads and cry.
There is no talk of immorality among these!
Cold blanks approach us:
They move in a hurry.

Originally posted to RubDMC on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 02:25 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Wow. They look like they are tired of (4.00)
    all the needless deaths.  Your photos always speak volumes.  Thank you so much for continuing to post them.

    He that chooses his own path needs no map. Queen Kristina of Sweden.

    by Boppy on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 02:27:29 PM PDT

  •  Another Day Another Coffin (4.00)
    Sometimes I am outraged.  Sometimes I cry.  Sometimes I'm numb.  Sometimes I'm fatigued.  I always show up though to see what you have posted, it is all I can guarantee these days.
  •  Thank you for doing this. (4.00)
  •  Your consistency and committment - (4.00)
    to help us remember the costs of this war every day - are truly commendable.  I recommend your diary daily.


    "It does not take many words to tell the truth." Chief Joseph

    by Gabriele Droz on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 03:54:28 PM PDT

  •  Thanks, Rub (4.00)
    Good to see one of your daily diaries on the Recommended Diary list.  Everyone needs to see these.  Please check out the links above as well.
  •  A Runner Up (4.00)
    I just had to add this, because the irony is too much to stand.

    And another poem that has come to mind lately.


    Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
    Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
    Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
    And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
    Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
    But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
    Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots4
    Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

    Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! -  An ecstasy of fumbling,
    Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
    But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
    And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
    Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
    As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
    In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
    He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

    If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
    Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
    And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
    His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
    If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
    Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
    Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
    Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
    My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
    To children ardent for some desperate glory,
    The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
    Pro patria mori.

    Wilfred Owen
    8 October 1917 - March, 1918

    We are living in an interminable succession of absurdities imposed by the myopic logic of short-term thinking. Jacques Cousteau

    by supak on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 04:13:48 PM PDT

    •  Owen, Sussman (4.00)
      and other "war poets" were among the first I found when I began this series. There's no doubt about what they describe, or about their credibility in doing so.

      I've also used lots from Sylvia Plath, because she often writes about a darkness of the mind that seems to fit many of these images.

      "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

      by RubDMC on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 04:36:30 PM PDT

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  •  As usual, I thank you. (4.00)
    You know how much I appreciate what you do here; but I sincerely look forward to the day these diaries can end.

    "It does not require a majority to prevail but rather an irate tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people's minds."~ Samuel Adams

    by Pandora on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 05:12:16 PM PDT

  •  so glad (4.00)
    you got on the recommend list! I was pulling for you on memorial day, but that didn't happen. I thought--well--he is doing memorial day every day, and the person who does not read this diary every day is missing one of the best things on this site.

    It has created in me an instinct for images of this horrid war. Yesterday or today (they are running together) I clicked on the MSNBC site and saw an image that "belonged" here. It was good to see a MSM site post it. The image was of an Iraqi child that was wounded in a bombing on Thursday, but it was also apparent the child was suffering from malnutrition (bony limbs, ribs showing and a bloated belly)Compounded suffering, and it's source is the failure of our policy in Iraq!

    Thanks again and day after day, Rub.

    "....a relative newbie (user ID in the 18,000 range).. "

    by Miss Devore on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 05:24:14 PM PDT

  •  Here you are! (4.00)
    This is the first time I have seen you on the rec list -- congrats!

    Thank you as always for what you do in this series, I can't imagine the strength of will it must take. we are all the better for your efforts!

    To write in plain vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox. George Orwell, 1946

    by deepintheheartoftx on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 06:14:05 PM PDT

    •  RubDMC (none)
      I always wanted to see RubDMC's inspriring compassion and tireless efforts make it to the list too. He's been doing this for so long, and so faithfully. I wrote this back in April (i cut a lot out of the original post..):  

      Thank you RubDMC
      Thank you for this ongoing series.
      I never understand why they don't  rise to the recommended lists.

      So finally.
      Though I think I've seen it rise to the top before, just not as often as I think it should. Though the contents of his diary are always heartbreaking, they need to be seen by as many people as possible.  And a community such as ours should always, always be sending his work to the top.


      I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses, for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies, and for the starvation that stalks after it.  I hate war, and never again will I sanction or support another.  ~Harry Emerson Fosdick


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