Christina A. Sharik

(For Michael, After Somalia)

I loved his little baby feet
so small and tender, very sweet ~
little feet in small white shoes.
Today my child is home
and there are boots beside his bed –
muddied boots – the heels are worn –
they look so sad, somewhat forlorn;
these boots have seen a bit of war,
and much as I loved the baby shoes
I love the boots far more.

Author’s Note: Published in the May 2000 Book “Honor by Listening” Eastmont High School, East Wenatchee, Washington