Poetry

“Pro Patria”

Armistice Day In green utility boiler suits they could be here to fix the heating except for embellished wings on each straight shoulder. One of them still sports tooth braces; two wear wedding rings.                   They’re in logistics, fly supplies out overseas and their plane to Afghanistan is late.                 I remember another cafe: a man who’d consumed his crew to survive an arctic air-crash. He ate alone, a speaking space around him. The stench of shadows seeps from these men too.                I want to tell them we flinch from each butchered body the plane brings back—they torment us…

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