Poem: “An umbrella for the bomb drop”

He had not served in

the European theater

like his grandfather

who battled Hitler

and loved his country

(March 23, 1943)

or in the swampy hell

of Southeast Asia

like his father who’d been

diminished by protestors and

volunteered to return

(August 14, 1968)

He did not commute to

an elevator and a desk

in a now-gone tower

like his lonely mother

each Monday through Friday

(September 11, 2001)

And his brother who saw

the plumes to his west

and flew to the east

to waste two dozen Taliban

before he entered that building

(May 3, 2003)

Instead he waged his own

poorly fought war

holding a bottle in his hand

like an umbrella to

fend off a bomb drop


copyright 2012 Steven Harz

Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. In his writing, Steven captures the exhilaration, pain, and frustration of love, all the while making you strive to find the perfect balance. His work will pierce your heart with memories of love gone bad or an undying commitment to not let that happen to you - pain, truth, and appreciation pour out of his words. Steven's works have appeared in Inwood Indiana Press' Tracks, Voices 2, Donut Factory, Words+Pictures, Ink Monkey Magazine, The Germ, The Voices Project, Pocket Thoughts, and Indigo Rising UK.

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