The Cries

Memorial Day 2013

The cries of birth-defected babies from splintered hospital cribs fall on deaf ears

The soldier lights a cigarette and uses her tattooed forearm to wipe blood and sweat from her tired face

The veiled mother weeps at her sons grave in a bombed out biblical village

The bullied Midwestern American child wrestles with thoughts of suicide and revenge

The Vietnam veteran takes one last swig from his bottle of whiskey and loads his pistol

The Palestinian refugee removes her Kofeyye as she boards the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan

The president adjusts his tiny American flag lapel pin as he steps up to the podium to address his public about the next war

The local Boy Scout troop follow their decorated World War Two veteran grandfathers in the parade

The eighth grade history teacher cries at night while looking over the next day’s standardized test

The Iraq War veteran swallows a handful of his prescription pills and scribbles a note to his girlfriend

The 26 year old Guantanamo Bay detainee refuses food after reflecting on the past decade spent locked in a cage

The Gold Star mother self-emulates, holding pictures of her son in front of the White House

The NYPD officer stops a 13 year old African American boy in a hooded sweatshirt and frisks him, finding only a wallet and cellphone

The son of a neo-Nazi beats a Jewish classmate within inches of his young life, to please his father

The respected local Imam reports to the LAPD that a new member of his Mosque might be a terrorist; The FBI agents are disappointed that new their informant was unable to complete his mission.

The Mexican immigrant is too afraid to report the local cop that raped her, fearing deportation

The 18 year old from Molokai feels hopeful for the first time in his life after the army recruiter came to visit from Maui

The 22 year old OEF vet rolls into the local VA to pick up her meds, Purple Heart tattoo on her left breast

The Iraqi refugee refuses to press charges against the 19 year old who threw a rock through his restaurant window

The tattered American flag blows in the wind, symbolic of a nation that is by many accounts, holding on by nothing more than an old, weathered thread…

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