Friday, November 2, 2012

Veteran Crossing

Waves crash, surf detonates
Korean ordinance
Reminding me tonight
of a forgotten war

A friend of mine
will expire
probably within six months
And I wonder what to feel

How to cope 
with an ending
But shared by all

We talked, he laughed
"At least I know when,"
Voice firm, teeth white
Years since he quit smoking

Better than a semi 
I thought, a lapse of attention
some nameless intersection
and oblivion

Last night I dreamt
A galaxy of light
Big beyond comprehension
Yearning to be explored

I'm ready.