Have You Seen My Brother Acrylic on Canvas 38 x 48 in 1997

Have You Seen My Brother
Acrylic on Canvas
38 x 48 in
1997

The gray darkness of a midday Sun
does not warm up the coldness
of a killing wind.
All is ashen in the landscape
of forgotten people
and forgotten sorrows
of memories of a distant village
now so far behind.
The barbed wires have been cut
and the young warriors
walk with caution
amidst the fragile bodies
and the giving land.
Only the flies feast
while eyes see
what can not be imagined
and the chest becomes
hollow like a giant grave.
And among the fallen
sits one man
–his eyes as shineless
as the ash that covers him–
silently demanding
with a cardboard message:
“Haben Sie meinen Bruder gesehen”
to the thousand bodies
that breath no longer,
his life suspended by the hope
that someone would have seen
his brother
that covers his hair, his skin,
his dried eyes,
the very air
he strives to breathe.

Saul  Balagura                Dec. 23, 1996