|In photos from OKC bombing, do you see|
evil? goodness? despair? hope?
It was a difficult question to answer. Difficult, because in that image we are reminded of the vilest, basest, most depraved acts of which mankind is capable. And in that same image we are shown love manifested in selfless sacrifice and heart-wrenching compassion—the noblest of human actions and emotions.
That day in the library, Brenda and I came to the conclusion the photograph represents both—the best and the worst of humankind. But as that image continued to invade my thoughts through the years, I came to another conclusion. Whether we see in that picture hate and despair in a hopeless world or whether we see love and hope in a struggling one depends on what we carry in our own hearts.
victim of hatred,
cradled with love
in a fireman’s arms
quintessence of grief,
to man’s condition
goodness or evil?—
by the viewer’s heart
Excellent post. Love the poem.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Shelley.Delete
It's impossible not to see both - and the contrast makes each image sharper. Remembering, with headlights on, 20 years ago today when good and evil collided in a way never to be forgotten.ReplyDelete
"...when good and evil collided..." a poignant and precise description, Shel.Delete