Visit to a National Cemetery

Military Cemetery

A poem for Memorial Day, 2015, written after conducting a funeral at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, April 23, 2015.

The boy stared, amazed
at the ranks and files
of perfect straight lines.

Each member stood
at attention, a silent and still
granite memorial to one
who was a child once

before youth was taken,
leaving only scars

if anything at all.