You can hear it in the grief-filled

cries mixed with pain and loss.

Mothers in Belfast, Dublin, Boston, Paris, Moscow,

Tel Aviv, Damascus, Baghdad.

India, Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria, China.



South America.

Combining in a rising crescendo of

grief – powerful.


echoing off the canyons

of the solar system.

Shredding the interstellar night

with the combined wails, voices of grief

from across the galaxy.

Mothers know.




Terry Severhill has been writing for almost half a century, mainly poetry but the occasional short story or essay will occur. He is a Vietnam Marine combat veteran and many of his poems reflect this. Retired from the construction industry, he lives in Vista, California where he writes and appears at several spoken-word venues around San Diego county. His work has appeared in various college newspapers and most recently in several volumes of the San Diego Poetry Annual. He is currently awaiting publication in a couple of online zines.