Lou J. Klaiber


IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry
Awarded: May 20, 2005
War clouds
like hungry wolves

Another stormy night
when the world flies away
upon the wind

and rain falls
across the face of the Moon

drowning all the words
written upon the sky.

A fire burns
in the dark cave
behind the poet’s eyes.

Once again
on Night Patrol

following a young soldier

in a war
written in blood.

A pen writing the places
where the dead must sleep.

Where promises were impossible
to keep.

At dawn
the soldier turns around

staring at the old poet
with the poet’s eyes

so young
and so very long ago.

The soldier waves
in silence

… and smiles!

The Sun is rising!

The soldier fades away.