Monday, May 30, 2016

For Memorial Day …

War Widow Cries Today

They sacrifice every day
these families of soldiers
who wait for news
from the fronts
of wars without end

Wars fought with handcuffs
attacked by roadside bombs
suicide attacks, talks of 
drawdowns not victory

Life is precious to those
who lose a soldier with
a name not a number
life is precious

A war widow cries
for the one sacrificed
in wars adrift 
without end 
drawing down
not victory 

A war widow cries today

— g emil reutter

From the forthcoming collection From the Valley (Red Dashboard).

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