As I wake up, and shift my body to the cave mouth, I look out. I am greeted by nearby crows, slowly cawing, welcoming the morning sun, which is rising slowly, soaked up by the land.
I shiver. The morning breeze breathes through the cave. I look ahead of me and see towering giants that host the crows slightly swaying with the wind.
Beyond the trees, I see what I used to be a part of. Now it’s just a blur of memories. So many painful memories sweep my mind as I move down the tracks, hoping to catch something in my traps.
Rabbit jumps limply, its leg eaten by the trap. I look at the creature with its wild eyes frantic. I feel nothing for this creature. It’s my food. Nothing else.
As I fling the lifeless rabbit over my shoulder, agonising hunger rips through my chest. I am so hungry.
The smoke bellows through the cave mouth, as I cook the rabbit. Fat spits and stings my face, but this pain, I can take. My whole life is drowned by it.
The meat is so juicy and tender as it touches my lips, oil running down my fingers. This awakens the memories of when I would have a barbecue with my family. The juice from the ribs would run down my chin and hands.
My family, I can barely remember. Their high-pitched laughs and never-ending love. Why? Why did I have to leave?
I remember now, the war, the shaking of the earth, and blood-curdling sounds of the bombs of mass destruction. I remember looking up and seeing the steel birds, coughing and ripping through the air. Air that was once peaceful, now it’s catastrophic.
The whistle of the bombs was followed by a deafening silence and the earth broke, absorbing the pain men brought with their weapons of death and destruction.
Tears sting my eyes. I am surrounded by death and destruction. I can’t move. I am too scared. I look around, and I see something white. It’s a daisy, trapped under rubble. How can such beauty live through havoc and selfishness?
I pluck the delicate stem that supported a bright yellow middle, surrounded by five beautiful, soft, white petals.
How life can change, so drastically. Something I will never understand.