Christina A. Sharik

WOUNDED: THEN AND NOW

Pearl Harbor Survivor embraces a Gulf War veteran
Generations of Valor: Pearl Harbor survivor, Houston James of Dallas, embraced Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. during a Veterans Day commemoration in Dallas yesterday. Graunke last a hand, a leg and an eye when he defused a bomb in Iraq last year. This week’s images of U.S. troops in combat in Fallujah deepened the day’s significance for many who attended tributes held in San Diego and across the nation. Associated Press
The younger,
somewhat stronger,
reaches out to the
elder

They stand there
clasped in each other’s arms
understanding ~
undemanding

Although they’d never met
and their wars were
separated by 60 years

they reach out
in their desire to share
each other’s tears…

Both are survivors
both are heroes

one, the Elder,
and one, the Younger

they are the same
in their need and hunger

Each one knows
the need to be understood,

to try to find the good
in what they have gone through:

One who was maimed on a ship
and one who bled into the sand,
meet, and hug, and shed some tears

each, in his own way,
lending a hand.