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My son is coming home tomorrow

by EnMasse on April 6, 2013   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

I understand
he is now a man
reluctant to express his sorrow -
he lost two, I never knew

Out there, somewhere
someone cradles a crippled heart
parents whose children came home in a metal box
one young wife, her husband dead
three young lives, now fatherless

I heard nothing on the television news
I read nothing on the internet
the passing of two dutiful Marines, their sacrifice -
unnoticed except by those who loved them

Here a nation preoccupied with petty politics and micro-economics;
offers of shallow platitudes,
our president still proceeds in his drone policies –
to what end?

Do we dare pretend we understand what we defend in another land,
or is it easier to keep our heads stuck in the shifting sands?
I ask without rancor or disrespect Mr. President –
how many more must sadly fall before we realize the loss is but ruin for us all?

1/25/13, Out There

[In memory of Christopher Monahan and Dale Means who
lost their lives somewhere in Afghanistan, Oct/Nov 2012.
My son remembers them well. The photo is of my son
George on the right but the other two Marines, I don’t know
who they are. My son came home in Feb. 2013.]


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