Some days his swollen sockets ask, What have we done?
Denise Levertov awarded the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize to Lowell Jaeger for “Ernesto de Fiori’s ‘Soldier’” in 1987. The poem was previously published in Broken Atoms in Our Hands Anthology, Poets and Writers Magazine, and War On War. An image of The Soldier by Ernesto de Fiori may be viewed here http://www.pbase.com/image/121888589.
Artist's Note: It was tempting to make an illustration of the sculpture which inspired Lowell's poem. I decided against this because I believe it is a more authentic experience to read this poem without that visual. I found the final line of this poem to be extremely powerful, so I decided to focus on that instead. I used my own image for reference, which helped make the facial expression exactly the way I wanted it.