Not Just Another Business TripPosted: September 2, 2013
You will not be able to call in the middle
of your day or catch him as his day ends.
He’ll call for five minutes when conditions
allow. Wake you from any sleep you manage.
Emergency or not, you manage, imagine
the best you can what he’d say in a talk
the two of you would have over coffee
about the kids, options, pro and con.
When his one hundred-year-old father
crosses the line from confused and cranky
to slipping and dulled, your only option
is the Red Cross. They’ll want information:
corps and theater of operation, relation to patient,
DOB, SSN—official numbers only intimates
should know. If you happen to have it,
a unit address speeds things at their end.
Poet Caroline LeBlanc is the Writer-in-Residence at the Museum of the American Military Family