Edgar A. Tieman


IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: August 7, 2001
Awarded: August 7, 2001
Slowly I open it
Only thing there
Is a picture of you
Taped there
How I long to feel your touch
To hold your body next to mine
Naked before the dying sun
My lips pressed against yours
My arms around you
Your eyes locked upon mine
The warm waters swirling around us
As each of us are lost in our own ecstasy
About each other
Hearts pounding in time
Together in magical rhythm
Of the pounding surf
Again it is closed
To dream of you
Before another day of Patrol

Author’s Note: I remember seeing a photo of a soldier in Nam looking at a photo of a girl that was taped to the inside of the lid of his suitcase. That is what inspired this poem. Submitted for the August 2001 IWVPA Club Theme Project, “The Empty Suitcase