- Many of these are likely triggers for some. I wanted to throw down on paper many of the significant worldly events that have become ingrained in my mind since childhood until now. Most are nightmares, not dreams.
Bhopal – half-buried baby with haunting eyes
Chernobyl – destroyed reactor
Hillsborough – girl pushed up against grid keeping her inside, pain and panic on face.
Challenger – Two shoots of fire. Parents present.
Gulf War – Oil wells on rife.
Nelson Mandela – end of Apartheid.
Ethiopian Famine – Child with stick limbs and swollen belly. Crying sitting on the desert floor.
James Bulger – his evil killers. His milky face.
Philip Cairns – the schoolbag
Roanaid Murray – the lane
Abusing clergy – Adults crying their horrific childhoods
Gorbachev and Reagan – End of an era. Promise of hope.
The Berlin Wall – Citizens take bricks. Yanking parts down
Ceausescu – executed with wife – orphans
Yugoslavia – Woman’s cranial liquid pouring. Baby thrown against a wall. Skeletal men and boys
9/11 – Falling live bodies. Towers collapse.
I.R.A. ceasefire – Car speeding with Tricolors
Tiananmen Square – Man with flag in front of tank.
Japanese Tsunami – Cars flowing through city. Fukudome Reactor.
Indonesian Tsunami – Man standing on beach disappearing. Deluges pounding through palm trees.
Rwanda – Humans being mown down with machetes
Hurricane Katrina – How did this happen in America? People on roofs, The Superdome
Sharia Law – Murdering female victims of crime
Mumbai attacks – such a beautiful city. Here we go again
AIDS epidemic – Homophobia. Scary ads on TV
Tomlins kids – Sewage death on a ferry.
Susan Smith – beautiful baby boys submerged in car, Fake tears.
Ian Huntley – Holly and Jessica in Man. U. jerseys.
Billy Joel just popped into my head – We didn’t start the fire, but we sure as shit are fanning the flames.
Barack Obama – First black President – acceptance speech in Chicago with his amazing wife and girls.
Legalizing gay-marriage – about bloody time. Loving, happy, kissing brides and grooms.
New Zealand gun laws change – P.M. in head scarf. Crying Muslims. Crying humans.
Ireland has a half-Indian, completely gay Taoiseach. Him and his partner meeting Trump and Pence. Walking in the NYC Paddy’s Day parade