I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Makana Eyre is a journalist whose writing has appeared in The Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Hawaii, he now lives in Paris, France.
The little button lying in my hand brought the violent history of the place to life. For a moment war wasn’t just pictures in textbooks. I could feel the residue of it, the half-life of violence.