Veterans Day 2017
I can only remember
On a windy retreat
lightning bolts struck
the purple mountaintops
in a single spectacular moment.
their turn for a melody of words to comfort and heal such pain —
the bloody sores and broken bones
lost minds and unspoken
“I should have died”
”How did I survive?”
A bombardier cried.
I can’t forget
I can only remember.
The brightness of illumination and country
Can you help us, the veterans ask?
The leader replied,
Voices emerge expressing
The innocence of battle
men and women ever classified —
in the most unnatural act on the planet:
Study Pablo Picasso painting Guernica
©nancy v machin
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