-on the second anniversary of the death of Marla Ruzicka,
an American aid worker killed in a suicide bomb attack in Iraq on April 16th, 2005.
Marla founded Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) in 2003.
Each day of this war the body count
passes anonymous as an odometer tick.
We kick the tires, we turn the page.
Upstairs where my books breathe the article
that announced your death and life to me
sits clipped (wide Rolling Stone paper halved
and halved again) stirring like a fever dream
in my bookcase.
Marla, it’s another year for the sand of this war
to overrun the graves, fill in the craters, the details. Continue reading