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


a soaked letter,

torn envelope


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.


they’ll hear.

Charlie’s wife heard yesterday,

they’re shipping his body,

she’d rather have a letter.


15 Oct 08

Dave Barber