We didn’t see the World War,
our parents born as its hand lost grip
temporarily exhausted by so many salutes.
It’s easy to forget.
But we can see the evidence
across Europe, her cities still scarred
her walls still marked by bullets.
It’s easy to imagine.
Now war lifts its hand again
a shadow above us gaining strength,
growing in people’s anger and fear,
their desire for stronger borders.
It breathes rhetoric and propaganda
swells with nationalistic cries,
the voices of the tabloids.
Is it so easy to ignore?
We forgot, and now
we are the dark tide.
Sophia Argyris is a poet and yoga teacher. Born in Belgium, she has lived Brussels and the North of Scotland, and is currently based in Oxford. Her collection ‘How Do the Parakeets Stay Green?’ was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2014.