Oddly Specific

We may sometimes think the ones who died are the fortunate ones,
the deputy director of the regional Veteran’s Administration center
said this afternoon, to a small crowd assembled
under blue polyester awnings,
half of which was the volunteer concert band I was in.
The other half I suspected were spouses or perhaps even children
grown middle-aged themselves waiting for their fathers
to come back home from the war
with heart disease, cancer. And the stroke
of three o’clock found us standing in silence
while the local reporters, strangely beautiful and young
literally ran around with cameras to get the wreath-laying
and my friend playing taps into the paper
like they do every year to remember.

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4 thoughts on “Oddly Specific

  1. Lots of services, good for you, participating in one. I don’t know about death being the lucky one, I say no to that. I saw a few widows on TV and children left behind I suppose then the dead are lucky as these families grieve, but some are stronger. Thanks.

  2. a rather somber piece man…the bit about the reporters at the end esp…its news…at least for one day you know…ugh….you really set the scene with all the detail as well…nice piece and thank you for volunteering as well…and honoring…

  3. This is probably one of the more ‘literal’ things I’ve done lately, as in, this is pretty much what happened. This speech at the VA is usually pretty canned, and I admired this guy for being as candid about the suffering of the wounded (including the psychologically wounded) as he was.

    I hope I would always choose life, but anyone who’s been seriously injured and had to get through it knows what he’s talking about.

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