Charles J. Ingerson

TRAUMA

Charles J. Ingerson: TraumaAwakening to shock
ground shaking blasts
storms overhead beneath
death clinging to breath
beaches to reach quickly
savagely going forward
sometimes underwater
yet going forward always
digging in and cowering
looking for a break
advancing on commands
knowing safety long ago
yet the enemy is there
and thus we must go
as those so long ago
on beaches called Utah
Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword
while history remembers
most now have forgotten
trauma of nations at war
when men fight back!