Monday, July 20, 2009

War Widow

"What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world."
~Robert E. Lee, letter to his wife, 1864

After coaching and playing soccer with players who are refugees from Burma, Somalia and Bosnia, I was inspired to create this piece entitled "War Widow". The refugees faces mask the horror of war they left behind physically, yet the horror lives on forever and ever in their thoughts and dreams. Wars are often romanticized and understated, and most in the US are distanced and insulated from the tragedies of war, unlike these refugees.