This month’s Visual Verse photo prompt was not only challenging but also spoke to me on a very personal level. The only way I could respond to it was by drawing on my experience as someone who had taken part in peaceful protests in Serbia in response to electoral fraud in the winter of 1996/97. It was cold and times were tough so it came as no surprise that many people connected. Apart from subversive badges, demonstrators who didn’t have a partner back then were often wearing badges saying: Looking for a boy-/girlfriend, So green but haven’t been picked/sprayed yet (with a picture of a green apple on it) and so on. There was a guy who got pretty popular at the time because of the banner he was carrying: Just hang in there a little longer. I’m about to find a girlfriend.

Having all this in mind, I’m more than excited that my poem found a home here.