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Aim for the Buddha!

boys playing

war in the yard

 

 

 

young men’s pictures  hang over old soldiers  in wheelchairs

 

 

 

Pearl Harbor headlines

still startle

ghosts in the halls

 

 

snowless winter

old soldiers

fighting for breath

 

 

 

waning moon—

each visit less

of him left

 

 

 

saying goodbye

he calls me my sister’s name

one last time

 

 

 

thinnest moon—last look from my father’s cold blue eye

 

 

between earth and sky

will I pass my father

among white clouds?

 

 

 

only our dad could

enjoy his own autopsy—

still doing science

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Luis Argerich on Flickr

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Barbara Louise Ungar’s latest book, Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life, was a poetry best-seller for Small Press Distribution upon its arrival this spring from The Word Works. Prior books include Thrift and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Press Poetry Award, a Silver IPPY, an Eric Hoffer Award, and the Adirondack Center for Writing Poetry Award. She is an English professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.

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