Shrine for Don

Paris Two 2010 054Crowned

“king of the gods” in high school,

caped with scepter in hand, a gentle smile,

the basketball star in our tiny world,

at 21, a lieutenant in Vietnam.


fell on the green villages

perimeters strafed and over-run

maimed bodies,



all sacked up together like shades of rice

before the boiling pot.


your name

on marble,

held in place

by those who died before

and after you,

carved on black

marble reflecting back the twisted mouths

holding grief high and tight,

hands offering medals,



to names on a wailing wall.



About trillium24

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand ... " Pablo Picasso
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1 Response to Shrine for Don

  1. awritersalchemy says:

    What a lovely and timely poem!

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