The song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” is part of my growing up in this world. It is more than just a song—it has always been part of a powerful message about the insanity of war. “When will we ever learn?” is still a haunting refrain and a personal challenge.
This time of year I’m often reminded that many of our flowering bulbs originally came from areas of the planet now devastated by war—Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria, among others. The contrast between the horror we’ve all been party to and these small, gem-like blooms is poignant and unsettling.
Last Fall I planted a lot more of these, mainly various “species” tulips, and they are now in full bloom. They are gorgeous and also good reminders of what we still have left undone to bring peace and justice to all.