Nancy L. Meek

IN THE SILENCE

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: October 19, 2005
Awarded: October 19, 2005
I heard in the silence
words he’d dare not say
screams he can’t describe
still echoing today.

I gleaned for a moment
the impact of the dead
wounds that haven’t healed,
fat tears he hasn’t shed.

I saw the boy he was
the man he’d come to be
leaping from the photos
he slowly passed to me.