Monday, October 27, 2014

poems: 4 on war



1. Hades


steamingPapua
mydashinguncle
anarchist
proudPfc
tall
FDR enthusiast

nearPacificfighting
far

“Big Red

fromdeath

tookalanterntothedark latrin e
sawshinyeyesweavingweaving

flippedbackwards into
shit

tigersnakes

are


and little Red,” he said
veno m ous


clamberedbacktohisfellows
“Red, you’re covered in


like c o b r a


shiverin g



2. Off to Korea!


Bighearted
Marvin Purpur lent me Peanuts
peaceloving
bigsmile
Charlie Brown’s
jinxagainst
to keep
Americanshootup in Asia

until
death


did not return


3. Nam: 40 years


One took his own life
one drank his way
out of this world
one became University President
mourning the women and
children he shot
in a village

one thrown out of school
at night

fighting the war


gathered himself against the storm


4. 150th


At river’s bend
Denver was founded

at river’s bend
the Seminary Trustee

at river’s bend
women slaughtered

children from the womb

survivors
still here


in blood

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