F. William Broome


F. William Broome: A Veteran Remembers (IWVPA Bronze Helmet Top Poet Award of Excellence - October 2003)Tokens from military service
leftovers embedding young life
historic mimeographed orders
insignia symbols of service
sixty years before
the world on fire – life on hold
half the world
killing the other half.

Mementos of combat’s price
subtracting casualties in a group photo
warmed by Christmas card in sub-zero
dripping tears on Grandma’s obituary
a million miles away
fighting for survival and home
both sides justifying the unthinkable
for causes too noble for a foot soldier.