A Soldier’s Homecoming

A poem from one of my novels.

 

 

sometimes

in those thousand single moments

beauty collides with fate

in delicate injustice-

painful regulation

and the absurdly terrifying sound of stillness:

eyes, once opened,

closed with no parenthesis,

and all that is left for me

to love

is the memory of blue eyes that no longer sweep the sky,

the echo of a forgotten song,

and a sullen black coffin adorned with stars.

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