Polina

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POLINA

There are moments you can feel
the whole sadness of the world.

Why is it so uncomfortable
visiting in hospital?
Could it be because the illness,
the fear, the plaster casts
before our eyes
remind us of our own
illness inside,
our own broken hearts,
our own open wounds?

What is the true face of war?
It is Polina smiling,
pink strands in her hair,
forever ten years old.

Richard Conrad Morgan 25th March 2022