Someone’s Little Girl


Tears fall like liquid diamonds

Into the palms of dirty hands

The mud they mix in form

Denying every faceted sparkle

Salted drops of hope

Dying in a far-away land


The dress is torn and tattered

But she nothing else to wear

Home is now forever gone

Family lost to a war unwanted

Alone is all that she can feel

And the pull of great despair


She is someone’s daughter

Or at least she was before

Politics makes many martyrs

Even of those who did nothing

To bring about the horrors

Found amongst those at war


If she even survives

Nothing will ever be the same

Eyes cannot un-see the atrocities

And wishes do not bring people back

She will always be dipped in the gray

Left with nothing but her name


If we do not look at her

It may well explain

Why we can do nothing

Chasing our happy lives

Distance provides shelter

From ever seeing her pain


26 Responses to “Someone’s Little Girl”
  1. beth says:

    devastating words. my heart goes out to all of them

  2. We credit JFK for the words that an innocent bystander in today’s world is no longer innocent. He spoke those words about the racial crisis back in the 60s; it translates into so many things since, however. We all sit here with distressed hearts over what we are seeing of Ukraine because of Putin and look at ways that we cannot be merely innocent bystanders. I’m supporting companies from whom I don’t usually buy simply because they are acting in Ukraine’s support.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks for sharing that, sis! There are a lot of ways all of us can help, but you have to want to. I am so proud to have a sister who wants to! Love you, sis!

  3. You’ve used the most precise words and the perfect image to illustrate the atrocities of this newest war, and in truth of many wars. I remember a poster from back in the 70’s that said “War is unhealthy for children and other living things”

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you so much, my dear friend! That poster certainly sums it all up. On a side note, watched the UEFA match with Real Madrid and the win was spectacular!

      • Yes, it was quite a match especially for the Frenchman Karim Benzema. However, I am a PSG fan. Here in our league, I am, and have been always, for Barcelona! Glad you enjoyed the match, did not know you were a football fan. Thank you!

      • Brad Osborne says:

        Benzema had a stellar match. I have always loved football and played in high school. I, myself, am a huge Chelsea fan. But I enjoy watching any of the top clubs play!

      • Chelsea, a great club, I’m a Liverpool man myself but I too enjoy a good match between any of the top clubs. My own club Barcelona only managed a tie at 0 with Galatasaray, but I am glad that Sevilla won yesterday! All the best my friend, a great Friday and weekend to you!

  4. K.L. Hale says:

    Brad, I see her. I feel her pain in your words that beautifully, and sadly, depict the broken. My prayers are with her and every human suffering there. I’ve tried putting into words myself-even a poem. Thank you for writing this. Love and hugs, Karla

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    How do we rationalize the irrational? Most of us will never know a pain this deep.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I agree, Pete. We as Americans have no frame of reference for this invasion of a sovereign country. Our shores and our military have kept us safe for a very long time. When we saw fighter planes in our own skies after 9/11, it made many fearful. Can you imagine what it is like when the fighter planes overhead are not yours?

  6. Jim Borden says:

    the hidden costs of war…

    let’s hope this conflict ends soon…

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    This is truly beautiful and I can just picture this little girl that you so clearly describe. The distance makes it easier for so many not to empathize or feel anything. I am so pleased however at how wonderful many countries have come to the call helping the Ukrainian people. Lovely piece about a horrific war. Love and hugs, Jonikins

  8. The only good thing about my failures in the chase for a happy life is that I can occasionally feel less guilty about the really unhappy lives out of my line of sight. Powerful words in this post.

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