April 6 2017*
Today has been full of good stuff–I gave a talk that landed well; I got to go honor my 5th grade mentee for the amazing work she did on her research project; I had a chance to dig into big topics with thoughtful students.
But the bookending of the day has been … hard. This morning I read one of those brief, harrowing reports of the chemical attack in Syria:
Then, coming home this evening, I learned that the U.S. (Trump, without Congressional approval or oversight) decided to bomb Syria.
Toxins invade my body; my skin crawls
and shreds in the wake of the incursion.
Blood splinters, liver fails, nerves fray:
my body breaks down but nothing
compares to the emptying
of my hands
the way they will never hold
my children again.
*I’ve missed a few days. I have good excuses for them… and it still bothers me.