Mark I. Kirkmeyer


The Gulf War had ended
I had come back home
Back to school
Studying to be a nurse
Back to my job
Security on a construction site
Delivering pizzas part time
On a delivery
Near the high school stadium

Fireworks explode
I react
Door opens
Seat belt release
Roll from the car
Car continues on
No driver

Police officer stops the car
Another helps me up
“Gulf War Veteran?”
He asks
I respond
“I was the same way,
When I got home from Nam”
He says,

“Go home
don’t go out
on the
4th of July”