Black & Kinky Amongst Brown Waves

poem of the week: in memorium
May 26, 2013, 1:20 pm
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in memorium
(C) 2013 by margaux delotte-bennett

most families contain at least one veteran
an active participant by draft or by choice
militarism claiming a limb or two
of so many family trees

I did not ask to be fought for
but I’ve benefited from the freedoms hard won
I’ve also suffered
because a piece of my father
was lost in Vietnam
the part that might have allowed him to be present
as a husband
as a father
as a friend

there is a pile of these parts
rotting in the sun of foreign lands far and wide
seeping into the ground water
that young men bathe and suckle from
as they toy with
plastic army guys
and their lives

let us cease raising our sons and daughters to be soldiers
let’s build a world where these jobs are obsolete
and their talents are not needed to defend
but to rend our tools of war
into plowshares and paintbrushes
promoting a more perfect peace


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i love it

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