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A poem for Memorial Day.

A Poem for Memorial Day 2011:

"So I Was a Coffin" by Gerardo Mena

—For Corporal Kyle Powell, died in my arms, 04 November 2006



They said you are a spear. So I was a spear.



I walked around Iraq upright and tall, but the wind blew and I began to lean.

I leaned into a man, who leaned into a child, who leaned into a city. I walked

back to them and neatly presented a city of bodies packaged in rows.

They said no. You are a bad spear.



They said you are a flag. So I was a flag.



I climbed to the highest building, in the city that had no bodies, and I smiled

and waved as hard as I could. I waved too hard and I caught fire and I burned

down the city, but it had no bodies. They said no. You are a bad flag.



They said you are a bandage. So I was a bandage.



I jumped on Kyle's chest and wrapped my lace arms together around his torso and

pressed my head to his ribcage and listened to his heartbeat. Then I was full, so

I let go and wrung myself out.



And I jumped on Kyle's chest and wrapped my lace arms together around his torso

and pressed my head to his ribcage and listened to his heartbeat. Then I was full, so

I let go and wrung myself out.



And I jumped on Kyle's chest and wrapped my lace arms together around his torso

and pressed my head to his ribcage but there was no heartbeat. They said no. You

are a bad bandage.



They said you are a coffin. So I was.



I found a man. They said he died bravely, or he will. I encompassed him

in my finished wood, and I shut my lid around us. As they lowered us

into the ground he made no sound because he had no eyes

and could not cry. As I buried us in dirt we held our breaths together

and they said, yes. You are a good coffin.



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Comments

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alicia_stardust
May. 30th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful.
polaris93
May. 30th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
I couldn't help weeping as I read this. A beautiful memorial to all who have died in the service of our country, our rights, and our freedoms, and all who someday will. God bless you for posting this.
ghost_light
May. 31st, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
Beautiful.
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