Faye Sizemore


I saw today
a misshapen patch of oil
… black on asphalt gray
left from where a mechanical steed
… parked for awhile… did bleed

Patch looking very much like an ink blot test…
not just a stain on the asphalt among the rest

There was an oblong patch…
frayed at the end…
like an old battle flag
I thought I saw the profile… in one
of a dear fallen friend

There were some
that were just massive back patches
… like craters in a battlefield
… but I saw flowers and a butterfly…
others shaped as eagles in the sky

And then it was time to go in
My VA appointment was about to begin…