Anthony W. Pahl


you who go into the very presence of death,
take my heart…

It is aging
though sorely tested and tried,
it has never been found wanting
throughout the times of me.

Take it with you…
and if a heart is needed
to be stilled,
let it be mine.

Author’s Note: Dedicated to Cpl Cliff Helmey (USMC), a Soldier of Peace in the War against Terror