Faye Sizemore

SILENT REMINDER: THE LEG

It stands by his side of the bed every night
standing alone in the darkness
… and is there in the morning light
this reminder of violence and terror
… of dying and screams
of honor… and human error
Silently every night… it keeps its vigil
… clad in the leg of Wrangler jeans
An ever constant nightly reminder
… invading our dreams
It doesn’t take up much room
but in the silence it does boom
In the evening darkness… and the light of dawn
to us… it constantly screams…
‘VIETNAM… VIETNAM… VIETNAM… Vietnam…’