When there was the Bosnian war, I remember trees were cut down so people had no place to hide. And someone wrote a poem about it. And there was an image of a barren area and people dead underneath the barren trees.
That brings me to Ukraine and the old woman who implored the Russian soldiers to put sunflower seeds in their pockets that way when they were killed a sunflower, national flower of Ukraine would grow where they laid.
What crosses my mind is a Russian helmet with a bullet hole in it. Maybe some blood. The sun shining on it. Grass around it. And out of the bullet hole a sunflower seed has taken root and begun to grow.
I can’t imagine a much better visual love letter of strength, resistance, and rebirth for the people of Ukraine.
Could someone please make that a reality and pass it on?
Let them know we’re paying attention, listening and wishing them the best.