Tim Bone

THE TIN PLATE

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: November 25, 2005
Awarded: November 25, 2005v
My eyes watched dawn begin to break
Some guys asleep, and some awake
The air was quiet, no bombers quake
On That Thanksgiving Day

The busy base seemed oddly still
No Jets getting their diesel fill
No mission to some distant hill
On That Thanksgiving Day

I tossed a bit, and then I rose
Grateful for those fresh cleaned clothes
The jungle mud washed off my toes
On That Thanksgiving Day

I poured a coffee from the stove
We kept behind the barracks cove
I thought about an orange grove
On That Thanksgiving Day

So far away from where I was
Yet real enough for me because
I swore I heard the fruit flies buzz
On That Thanksgiving Day

The other guys got up and out
We all could feel each other’s doubt
Would our day off remain throughout?
On That Thanksgiving Day

I don’t remember everything
Pete played guitar… that kid could sing
Caught naps ‘till something startling
On That Thanksgiving Day

Woke me to a well known scent
I twitched my nose until it bent
I followed it to where it went
On That Thanksgiving Day

The guys in line, not long but thin
I took a spot and moved up, then
I took a plate made out of tin
On That Thanksgiving Day

It hadn’t seemed too odd to me
The temperature at high degree
Until I saw the roast turkey
On That Thanksgiving Day

And then the heat just felt all wrong
It should be cold, the chilled wind strong
That turkey there did not belong
On That Thanksgiving Day

Or was it me was out of place?
I felt a tear fall off my face
I turned in to a basket case
On That Thanksgiving Day

Then something came from down inside
And made the tears that I had cried
Stop from falling, and they dried
On That Thanksgiving Day

I studied each man one by one
Remembered everything we’d done
The time had come for having fun
On That Thanksgiving Day

A kind of fun not often known
Where silence speaks of friendships grown
And certainty you’re not alone
On That Thanksgiving Day

We sat together on a crate
Ate turkey off that bent tin plate
And I gave thanks, each bite I ate
On That Thanksgiving Day