Categories

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Follow BestAmPo on Twitter

« A Taxi to Antiquity [by Mindy Aloff] | Main | SPOTLIGHT: Coldfront's John Deming in Conversation with David Lehman Part I »

June 06, 2014

Comments

Stacey, yes, they were so young! My Dad was 19, served as a medic on the aircraft carrier INTREPID (yes, the one that's a museum now in NYC harbor). He was below decks when a kamikaze hit, killed his best friend, the boy he'd gone through boot camp with. As a medic, he was first on the scene, held him in his arms as he died. The INTREPID saw a lot of action; another time he had to crawl across the deck under fire and stick his hand up the stump of a man's leg to clamp the artery; but like so many vets, he didn't talk about the war very often. One night, so many years later, maybe forty, I sat with him at the foot of my mother's hospital bed, after she'd had surgery to remove most of her stomach (think of THAT symbol, for the women who "stayed home"!). He said--typically self-involved--"I really believe if they'd kept me in an asylum for a couple of years after the war, I'd've had a chance."

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Follow BestAmPo on Twitter
 
 

Radio

I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark
                   

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


Shop Indie Bookstores
 

 


This Way Out

THE RULE OF THUMB
by T.P.Winch

Ringfinger was nervous
Pinky terrified
when they learned
that Hand might succumb
to the rule of Thumb.

 

 


A creative communications, branding, and resources consultancy founded by Victoria C. Rowan

 

Reach a Wide International Audience


Advertise on the Best American Poetry Blog