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Korean Echo

June 10, 2008

My turn had come;
Billy Pigg, helmet flown
lost, shrapnel more alive in him
than blood free as air,
dying in my arms.

Billy asked a blessing, none come
his way since birth. My canteen
came his font. Then he said,
“I never loved anybody.
Can I love you?”

My father told me,
his turn long gone downhill;
“Keep water near you, always.”
He thought I’d be a priest before
all this was over, not a lover.

by Tom Sheehan

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  1. June 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    incredible poem. thanks.

  2. June 11, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Very, very powerful.

  3. June 11, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    “his turn long gone downhill”

  4. Stephanie
    June 11, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Awe-full! Thank you.

  5. June 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Powerful, deeply touching. Tom, you are a natural master!

  6. Jessamyn Smyth
    June 25, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Wow. Honest, direct, artifice-free, powerful. Thank you. I love this poem.

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