James H. Smith

DUST OFF ANGEL

“Dust Off” by Norm Bergsma, used with his permission
Painting: “Dust Off” by Norm Bergsma
(used with his permission)
Within the heavens a new star shall shine this night
For each warrior who fell this day
But who shall come to the battle’s edge
Too wade in the rice patty stench and muck
To walk in the napalm’s burning flash
As they cradle the fallen within their arms
Angels cloaked in garments of war
For they, warriors themselves
In battles and times
That have gone before,
Have stepped from the battle’s edge
To lift up and take a brother home