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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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Circuit

The power goes off again In this condo I am living in Since my husband left, Left for war. And my neighbor comes over, With a flashlight in his hand, Saying something about how A line went down and Just … Continue reading

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No

Eighty seconds, my mother says, Over the telephone. And she is telling me, How a girl died, how She was killed, Shot point-blank at school By another student, With a shotgun, or How her head was a target. And I am talking Over … Continue reading

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Turns

I am driving in my car, Down streets that cut Across the throats of one another, And I am listening to the news radio, Talk about the transition in Afghanistan, Or what will happen, When we leave, and I think … Continue reading

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Words

My son does not have a lot of language, and His older brother finds me in the laundry room, Taking wet clothes out of the washing machine, The arms and hearts of our shirts heavy, because He is asking me, … Continue reading

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Birthday

When you came home from war, You gave me a stone shaped like a heart, A piece of rock mined in Afghanistan, That you bought in a marketplace in Kabul, Before they sent you home to America, A stone called … Continue reading

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