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John Samuel Tieman: The Break-in

for the wives of war veterans
there’s no particular way
to hold the past in one hand

but she knew
his medals were in the drawer
he never opened

she knew of the enemies
with the difficult names
she even knew of all the whores

but when the day came
the door kicked-in
the medicine cabinet rifled

the drawer dumped over the floor
he knelt to sort-out the mess
and the medals

which her husband explained he won
when he was just a kid
and brought death to the other kids

Copyright 2016 John Samuel Tieman

VietnamSM

Vietnam Service Medal

One comment on “John Samuel Tieman: The Break-in

  1. granolaho
    May 30, 2016

    What a touching poem. It reminds me that, since I am not someone who has ever experienced this loss, I have to be reminded of what it might feel like to have your life blown apart at the heart. Thank you.

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