I don’t know whom my ancestors supported in the English civil war. Their voice, their sufferings, during the republic’s creation and dissolution are, like those of most common men lost to history. Battlefields have been reduced to tourist attractions.

I weep for ordinary people like me who send their last tweets as bombs fall after another failed ceasefire. Tourist attractions are reduced to battlefields.

The murdered, the displaced, the orphaned are hard to unsee or unhear.

When our descendants decide on this war’s  “worth”, at least there is a little justice in that the common man’s condemnation is broadcast.


Corfe Castle – destroyed in the English Civil War, now a tourist attraction.

Words and photograph copyright 2016 by Paula Harmon. All rights belong to the author and material may not be copied without the author’s express permission

Prompted by Thin Spiral Notebook to write 100 words exactly about “Justice

4 thoughts on “Justice

    1. I know it’s impossible to find the right thing to say and you feel so hopeless and this sort of thing has gone on since time immemorial. Now we can see and hear them. As you say – no words really.

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