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  • Poem of the Day: A Veteran
    My father came down not killed
    from among others, killers or killed,
    for whom he'd worn a uniform,
    and he lived a long afterward,
     
    a steady man on the flattest of plains.
    I called after him many times, surprised
    when I heard the catch in my own voice.
    He didn't know how to find the solace
     
    of listening to someone else speak of
    what he'd seen and survived.
    He himself closed his own
    mouth against his own words.
     
    In the wrong sequence, his spirit,
    then his mind, and last his body
    crossed over that infamous, peat-inky,
    metaphorical water that has no far shore.
     
    I think he was carried like a leaf
    in currents so gentle that a duckling,
    had it been alive, could have braved them,
    but too strong for a leaf. And saturated
     
    with minerals that steadily replaced
    organic cells, the water turned my father,
    an ex-soldier, to leaf-delicate stone inscribed
    with the axioms of countless veins.
     

    Reginald Gibbons, "Veteran" from Last Lake.  Copyright © 2016 by Reginald Gibbons.  Reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press.

    Source: Last Lake(The University of Chicago Press, 2016)

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