Today, there are approximately 20.17 million veterans – 7 percent of the U.S. population. That’s more than 20 million stories, along with the stories of their loved ones. Sometimes poetry is the most effective way to capture both the ambiguity and the story.
Old warriors rarely
say anything about
people they killed or
horrors they saw
What’s urgent is the ripe
Fruit. The hand already peels it.
the Templar strolled the cloister
after the dawn office
the sky was a sort of orange
like he had seen in the East
for ten places,
a few folks,
ports, forests, deserts, forts,
a broken city, gray, monstrous
An estimated 45,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and 181,500 veterans are in prison or jail.
You have asked me what the crustacean spins between its limbs of gold
and I answer: the sea knows it.