Jessica Memo


1st Sergeant Benjamin F. Bitner
1st Sergeant Benjamin F. Bitner

I met Ben at a funeral.
Then I saw Ben again –
at his own funeral.
It took one minute to meet
this young soldier, a master sergeant,
and one second for him to give his
life his skin shredded by an IED.
A second – infinitesimal,
burned into the universe: Spiritual.
Perhaps if I never met him at his
Grandpa’s funeral: Perhaps a different
equation, hence, a different answer:
As the world continues to
revolve around me.

Author’s Note: 1st Sergeant Benjamin F. Bitner died during Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan on April 23, 2011 from wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device (IED).