Scene4-International Magazine of Arts and Culture

Wilderness Faces

Griselda Steiner

Dedicated to World Trade Center Victims 2001


I’ve seen

Vast tundras of snow

Pine lined

Reflected shadows

On ice lakes

A frozen ocean


I remember

Sands of Israel

Strewn with

Rusty carcasses

Of old tanks

A memoriam

Against a blue sky

I’ve dreamt of

Jungle rivers

Curved flow

Through green breathing life

The bird calls

And animal cries


I’ve seen

Gray mountain stone sides

Risen rocks

Testifying time

With forests

In their deep valleys


I’ve seen your face

Lined with age

Each cavern a monument to

Another loved one gone


Our own blue river

Lined with steel mountains

The tower carcasses

Strewn against the sky

Echo cries of human sorrow


The blue river carries

A vast ferry of souls

Ascending from the fiery glow

To our beloved’s embrace


I didn’t know the wilderness was war.

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Griselda Steiner is a poet, dramatist, a freelance writer and a Senior Writer for Scene4. She is the author of The Silent Power of Words. For more of her poetry and articles, check the Archives.

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September 2018

Volume 19 Issue 4

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