Do you remember that?

 toy soldiers

“Did you see on the news that a dozen soldiers stormed a school in Chibok?” I asked, but you hadn’t. And I told you about the war going on there, the massacres, and the families torn apart. I told you about the refugees, and how the boys are made to fight before they’re old enough to shave. And you said you hadn’t heard, but did I hear the Hawks beat State by thirty-nine points? And you said that it’s sad—but you find all that news depressing—and you just can’t live like that. And I said I hope we never have to.

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7 Comments

  1. Superb. See no evil doesn’t make the evil go away. This is a great cautionary tale that’s perfect for this particular day.

  2. Great snippet of conversation between two people who have chosen to view the world from different angles.

  3. Wow, I love what you did with the dialogue here; interesting stylistic choice, I think it really works. Such a great synopsis of how two people can approach the world around them so differently. What a killer ending, too. Well done!

  4. Brilliant! So apt for today…what people don’t realize is that we’re all connected, and as the saying goes..injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere…inevitably the whole world suffers, it may be years in the making, but turning a blind eye is how it all starts. Great take!

  5. Sometimes it would be nice to turn off the news and pretend all is good in the world. I can understand that point of view, but it doesn’t solve anything. Excellent work.

  6. Unfortunately shutting off the news doesn’t make it not happen. I wish it did. A good expression of two different views.

  7. lillmcgill

    So many people wear blinders. So many people are oblivious. It seems a lot of us are like that today.

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