June 6 is D-Day, and the NaHaiWriMo theme of the day is: FREEDOM.

As I create this posting, it is 06:30 at Normandy, France–exactly 70 years after the Allied invasion. This photo was taken that morning. My haiku/haiga is a small token of honor for the thousands lost that day, and for those who lived through it to know victory.

Into_the_Jaws_of_Death_23-0455M haiga

Photo taken by Chief Photographer’s Mate Robert F. Sargent on June 6, 1944 (Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)


A Valentine

This is a valentine for the Euromaidan protesters, who are advocating for independence and self-determination as they suffer from frigid weather and  a repressive government. It is for the fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, workers and retirees, teachers and students, artists and musicians, and the clergy who are ministering to them amidst the cold and violence.

keeping vigil
winter’s night

fires blaze
winter’s fight

prayers raised
winter’s light

For an interesting but painful summary of recent developments, including photos of both the beauty and the violence, you may wish to read this Agence France Presse blog post by Stuart Williams, entitled “Fire, ice and blood on the streets of Kiev.”