The Flames They Left Behind       Holly S. Altman  •  Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

The Flames They Left Behind
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NFS 39 x 27 inches (photo by Carolyn Wright)

If anything can stand as a metaphor for the world’s refugee crisis, the image of raised hands emanating from a whirlwind of fire suggests the catastrophic woe and boundless sense of loss. Why hands and not faces? Why flames and not falling buildings? It is the anonymity of the tragedy, involving tens of millions of displaced humans, that tears at the heart. But it is also the anonymity that tends to inure the heart against the the nameless hoards fleeing hearth and home. The hands beseech. The fire destroys. How the world responds will define our era for decades, if not centuries, to come.

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