It’s Different Today

This poem is called a Pantoum, and it’s a writing form that follows a repetitious pattern. I was inspired to find a way to experss the circular thoughts in my head today and was reminded of the beautiful writings of my genius friend, Fer. The photos are from the Creative Commons/Flickr photographers Tony the Misfit (Tomb of the Unknowns) and PhoenixREGuy (Vietnam Wall).

It’s Different Today

Tony the Misfit PhoenixREGuyVeterans Day is different
when your husband is in a chopper 
on your day off work.
It feels completely different.
When your husband is in a chopper
you wake in the early morning and
It feels completely different
As you read about the 40% off sales.
When you emerge from sleep
and you hear your husband breathing
as sleepy-eyed you realize it’s
a child who crawled in during the night.
And you hear your husband breathing
But you can imagine he’s there with you and
a child who crawled in during the night.
And he’s imagining the same thing, somewhere.
But you can imagine he’s there with you and
On your day off work
It feels completely different.
Veterans Day is different.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Christopher Laney
    Nov 13, 2010 @ 01:43:51

    Great poem, especially how it makes you stop and think. My time in the military makes me greatly appreciate all those currently serving. Too many civilians definitely take those sacrifices for granted.

    Here’s to clear skies for you, your husband, and family.


  3. Gina Mortenson
    Nov 11, 2010 @ 15:49:06

    Today and every day, thank you so much for your family’s sacrifice.


  4. Courtney Emken
    Nov 11, 2010 @ 11:22:04

    Very cool poem! And uber cool pictures. I have an uncle on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Charles Manske, you will always be remembered by your family.


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