She waits for him

between the shells,

rounds, explosions

TV news anchors and commentaries.

 

Right after the special reports

and headlines,

she’s at the mailbox

waiting,

a soaked letter,

torn envelope

anything.

After dinner,

she waits-

the children ask questions

about Daddy,

she shoves a smile from

frozen soil,

answering the same way

A letter will come soon.

soon,

they’ll hear.

Charlie’s wife heard yesterday,

they’re shipping his body,

she’d rather have a letter.

 

15 Oct 08

Dave Barber

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