From the rubble of war – 7 March 2022
This is a digital image, a sculpture-like piece of art. The backdrop is a photograph of a shelled building from the Ukraine, which has been recoloured to show the national flag. In front of the image is rubble, representing the many buildings that are crumbling though the impact of war. The rubble might also stand for the nation, whose attempted destruction we are watching day by day at present. Emerging from the rubble are a pair of arms, they cling to the building using it as support in order to clamber out of the place of destruction. These arms might represent the national struggle for survival, a determination to overcome all that is being experienced.
As we look at an image like this, what do we think, how might we pray?
The image is by the contemporary Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn. This week he produced a number of new digital art works to be sold to raise funds for the aid agencies working in the Ukraine. Through the sharing of this work comes the encouragement to make a contribution to the Red Cross (Ukraine or British).
Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
I my land.
Tomorrow end my poem.
Will I see you there, ?
when you return?
the war and my poem.
Will you return?
your name a home.
this language , uncountried
I have your name .
a luxury drought.
language , alone my heart a greeting
leaves me a stranger; no one
beneath us hunger
No one is mine.
words from this
Earth hungers for our limbs.
remain here, to ? .
salvaged words unravelling.
there peaceful, victorious?
Tomorrow will end and I’ll return
I long for morning my homeland.
Lena Khalaf, Sings herself the rubbl, 2020