Christina A. Sharik

THE FLIGHT NURSE

Linda Pugsley
Major Linda Pugsley: USAF Vietnam
She was a Flight Nurse
After the medics, she
often got there first
and she got angry…
Angry at the ones
who’d hurt her boys –
her men –
“They” were the cause of
their loss of sight and limb –
She began to hate,
but she said that wasn’t really “her”.
She hated, but she didn’t –
she hated what had been done to them.
Until one day they had two small
passengers –
Her men were young,
but these were even younger –
and she hesitated –
These were the children
of the very men she hated.
Finally, she picked up the little one
and walked her in –
wondering at the reaction,
the response of her men.
She didn’t have to wonder long –
for the ones who could,
raised a stump, or a
fist with an extended thumb –
She didn’t have to wait long
for their reaction to come
She didn’t have long to wait for
their reaction and Love
to overcome her Hate.

Author’s Note: For a woman I met and listened to at the Moving Wall in April 2001, Linda Pugsley, now a minister.