'She does not care for balloons or toys / Life has taught her differently.'
The poem throws light on the suffering of children during war and how easily it is forgotten from collective memory.
The author's mother's recollection of a lived experience after reading the piece 'Remembering A ‘Holy’ Father and His Unholy Son'.
'Each child that suffers is a blight on our collective future.'
You can say “Mom” in any country in the world and people would pretty much know who you meant.
During this unsettling time, global leaders have assured children and adults alike that the tooth fairy, free from the risk of infection, is indeed an essential worker.