Poems and Phantasms

Dispatched

“Infantry of the Line, Inspection in the rooms” Édouard Detaille, 1885 (Public Domain)

What are their names,

those boys

in uniforms

in pictures

in museums

 

because they told each other

I’ll never forget you

so someone must remember

 

forever words

through the silence, sounding

out of fields and stones

pounding hearts into dust

staining clothes with promises

and things to take back home are left

 

behind the velvet ropes

the messages unsent

still binding

 

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Published by Shoe Music Press in the Penny Ante Feud 13 “Dying Words” anthology. Visit Shoe Music Press for details about the Dying Words project and purchasing information.

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