Tag Archives: guilt

Blood Mnemonics

Chris Arthur St. Andrews, Scotland   Henri Dunant (1828–1910), Swiss philanthropist and “father of the Red Cross.” Source Two photographs in Dunant’s Dream, Caroline Moorehead’s meticulous and moving history of the Red Cross, can be juxtaposed to illustrate a key aspect of this organization’s work. The first shows Henri Dunant, now regarded as “the father […]

Réquiem

Prasad Iyer Singapore   Poet’s statement: This poem expresses the feelings of parents who have recently lost a child to cancer. The first stanza deals with sadness, the second with guilt, and the last one with acceptance.   Death with a Child, from the series The Five Deaths. Stefano della Bella. 1648. Fine Arts Museum […]

Whose blood is it anyway?

Felicity Ray Self Pacific North West   Drawn by author: Felicity Ray Self I am ashamed. I am ashamed because I have only given blood once in my entire adult life. I am forty-eight years old and eligible to donate blood since I was seventeen, which means I have had thirty-one years in which I […]