redeeming missiles

redeem: compensate for the faults or bad aspects of something (The New Oxford American Dictionary)

missile plantar

I do not know where bullets end and missiles begin, but as I crossed the compound, it seemed to me that what I was seeing would fall into the (small?) missile category. Except that instead of looking threatening and telling stories of trauma, this missile was disguised as a planter. The end of the missile was cut off and plants tumbled out of its top. It was beautiful. Had I not known where I was, I probably never would have taken a second look as it was beside a tree in a large courtyard, and I never would have realized what I was seeing. But I did, and it made me smile to see how this home in northern Sri Lanka had redeemed this weapon of war. Intentional or not, a symbol of war became a symbol of beauty, violence replaced with peace. A stunning act, a beautiful moment.

I am so thankful when I notice  ‘little’ things when I am traveling.

2 Replies to “redeeming missiles”

  1. Metal: missile casing or planter. What a reminder that the way we use the resources around us can spread death and pain or life and joy. And sometimes even things destined for one use can be redeemed. A beautiful sword-to-plowshare moment.

  2. Thank you. I think I might try and capture more of these events as they are precious reminders and worth the time spent appreciating them!

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