Braving the Storm: Northhampton VA HospitalPosted: November 6, 2014
Until the blizzard hits on the Mass Pike,
the four hour drive north to visit you goes well
Packed in the VW, the kids and I play games,
vote to continue to brave the storm
Remove your watch. Place your house keys,wallet and comb on the desk. Sit. Unwind.
I’ll say the coaches asked for you at the awards
banquet , won’t mention that the boys punching upset the trophy table before dinner was served.
You’ll see them play next winter.
Place your clothes in the sack. Put on paper slippers. Hand over your car keys. Keep the coins.
Don’t have money to buy our daughter a prom corsage,
to dryclean your sister’s borrowed gown
and lacy shawl. Sandals won’t show
in the photos your mother will send you.
Lock your belt and laces with your meds and shoes. Pee now.
West of Worcester the storm worsens,
the frightened the kids and I guess
the meaning of good tours, war-games, outward bound, locked wards.
Remove your dog tag flashbacks. Tuck them with your nightmares under your pillow. About face.
Jacqueline Murray Loring
This poem was featured in the Museum’s 2014 exhibit: Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family
Read more about the author here.