Shawn L. Bird

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poem- microcosm November 11, 2020

Filed under: poem,Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:56 pm
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The newscast announces an IED*

blew up another patrol.

Dread descends.

My heart pounds.

I strain to hear the names.

Let him be safe.

Let him be safe.

One hundred fifty-eight other names were called.

A thousand prayers unheard.

A thousand exploded hearts.

He carries them all in his duffel

when he returns.

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#LestWeForget

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IED= improvised explosive device.

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A favourite student of mine fought in Afghanistan with the Canadian Armed Forces. As I listened at the radio during the time he was gone, I was conscious of what an entire generation of families must have felt as they listened to hear about all the boys and men of their communities fighting abroad. The magnification of the stress was easy to imagine. ‘My’ soldier returned safely to Canada and returned to the high school to speak in a Rembrance Day service a year or two later. I bawled my eyes out through the whole thing so thankful he was alive and whole. I’m thinking of him today, and all those families whose hearts were broken, not so long ago.

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2 Responses to “poem- microcosm”

  1. Powerful poem! Thanks for sharing as both Canadians and Americans honor and remember their veterans.

  2. Debra Says:

    I went through this a few years ago when one of my closest friend’s son was in Afghanistan. I don’t think she slept a full night’s sleep for at least 2 years. Thankfully, he, too, returned. A very moving piece, Shawn.


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