Mothers’ dreams fly away: a son
lies limp, his fire cold, his flesh—
six-years-old and hardly used—is
ripped and frayed; a daughter,
older—stars and bars on her
fatigues—sees the flash, feels the
killing heat but doesn’t hear the
crushing sound. Metallica pounds
in young men’s helmets, bombs
pummel, F-18’s roar, and tank treads
scream, but all of it is drowned out
by the clinking of fine china cups
on delicate saucers, sitcom
laughter and American Idols,
a beauty’s sigh when a perfect rose
is placed in her perfect hand,
and by throbbing hearts as flat screens
take places of honor on their stands.
I came home from the cinema in 2004 following a viewing of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, and after what I had seen percolated in my head as I slept that night, I awoke with the words above in my conscious mind. After recently re-reading How the U.S. Hid an Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians in Syria (NYT, 11/13/21), I was reminded of Ear Rock and was inspired to post it.
It promises to be a long winter—why not escape to the South Pacific in 1956 by diving into Pinctada, a historical noir, coming-of-age novel duo comprised of En Mer [At Sea] and Found and Lost in Paradise, two novels that are intended to be read as one work … (continued below).
… Pinctada explores the lives of two young American teenagers — Bill Benton and Brittany “Bambi” Macey — as they encounter tumultuous months in French Polynesia, where they must endure and overcome unforeseen challenges of adulthood in an extraordinary world that is beyond their imaginings when they steal away on the Ultima Thule; challenges that are resolved by fate, courage, perseverance, a child, and a strategic return.
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