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Fill

I am standing in the kitchen When I hear him, My hands and arms, Wrist deep, In a sink full of water, And my son is crying, My son, Who is five years old Now, But cannot speak, Not more … Continue reading

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My ten year old son Is sitting at the kitchen table, Reading about ISIS. For homework, he says, And I am reading over, Over his shoulder, how The terrorists are Taking over, Taking over, Land, regions, people, How they are … Continue reading

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Fall

Iraq, I tell my husband, As we stand in our kitchen, Where he is holding a knife In his hand and strawberries In his other hand, That he grew in the garden He planted when He came home from war, … Continue reading

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The museum has a photograph Of a pair of shoes from 9/11, A pair of black high heel shoes That are scuffed on the sides. And seeing them Brings me back To that day, Planes hitting, Bodies falling, Or how … Continue reading

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Bee

This morning I read about a veteran Who said I returned home, and no one noticed, And he threw himself off the side of a mountain, and I know the statistics. I know twenty two veterans in America kill themselves … Continue reading

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Slide

I am reading The Blue Cascade, A book by a Marine I know, who went to war in Iraq, And was an artillery liaison officer, Attached to an infantry battalion, And a forward observer, who Made the radio call for … Continue reading

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Wrap

They tell me not to tell anyone, for my own safety, Because then people will know I am living here alone. But slowly the news leaks out of me, Air out of a balloon until it is deflated, And everyone … Continue reading

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