Christina A. Sharik

THE UNIT PIN

Today the mailman brought me
a gift worth more than gold
a present representing what
can’t be bought or sold…

A vet I only know by mail
sent me a Unit Pin,
a recent newspaper article
and a photograph of him

kneeling by his “wheelchair dancer”
together at the Wall –
his arm around his brother
which gesture says it all.

Today the mailman
brought me a gift worth more
than gold
a present representing
what can’t be bought or sold.

It represents the memories
that are a part of him
an awful time that he went through
with a special group of men,

and though I cannot hope to know
about the place where he was then
I know honor, hope and valor
are represented by the Pin.

Author’s Note: For Ed,

This is a true story – talked to a guy on the net a couple years ago who had a friend in a wheelchair… after he read “The Wheelchair Dancer” he told me about his wheelchair bound friend. Then he sent me his unit pin and I saved the photo, newspaper clipping, and the pin