Mark I. Kirkmeyer

SILVER REUNION

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: April 4, 2006
Awarded: April 4, 2006
First time I’ve returned
The small farming town
I graduated from

It’s changed
As have I

A suburb now
Commuters hurry about
Horns blast

It’s changed
As have I

Aided by my cane
Knee braces concealed
I enter the old gym

It’s changed
As have I

The old record board
My name’s gone
Pop’s 56 yard field goal there

It’s changed
As have I

There’s the geek
How’d he marry that beauty
He made it big in the ‘80s

He’s changed
As have I

I once ruled this school
The streetwise warrior
From the big city

That’s changed
As have I

The homecoming queen
Far above me back then
Stops to say high

She’s changed
As have I

Back then we all wanted to leave
See the world, experience life:
I went the farthest, saw the most

We’ve changed
As have I

The football jock
Went to college nearby
Came back to coach

He’s changed
As have I

The girl I had a crush on
Never had the nerve to approach
Entered glowing like back then

She hasn’t changed
As have I

She walked over, the walk of a mother
“You of all of us, did what you said”
“Thank you”

She’s changed
As have I

The reprinted yearbook said
She was going to Hollywood
I was going in the Army protect the free

She’s changed
Have I?

In my heart, if I could
I’d still be doing my part;
Defending the free.

The sequel to this poem is “At What Cost
©Copyright April 3, 2006 by Mark Kirkmeyer