Innocence Lost

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

In response to picture prompt provided by
the monthly Poetorium’s Photo Poetry Prompt Project
Posted by Paul Szlosek

The bombs continue to tear and rip and kill
blasts echo within my chest
as my heart beats no more

How can it beat as my precious ones
hearts beat no longer – stilled by unholiness
stopped by the greed of man

The greed of man has stripped me
of my life my very soul torn from
the very essence within me

They lay here forever entombed
in the ground of a country
they no longer belonged to

Innocence halted tiny minds assaulted
by that they could never understand
will never have the chance to understand

nor will I


  1. This is so touching, Ami! The senselessness of this devastation is beyond comprehension.

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    1. Thank you and yes, I have an artist friend there. A lovely woman that does the most beautiful paintings in water colors. She and her children are safe momentarily but they fear what’s coming.


  2. Thank you for your support and care Sunra! 🙏


  3. Sunra Rainz says:

    Very poignant, Ami. You illustrate the senselessness of it so well.

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  4. Yes. We as Americans, are very under-informed about what is happening in Ukraine. 🙏


    1. Extremely. Thank you for your care. 🙏

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  5. Sadje says:


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    1. In honor of the Ukrainian mother’s, families, lost ones. 🙏

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      1. Sadje says:

        Yes, I got that.

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