Written for: Poetics Aside 2018 April PAD Challenge – Day 17
Two-for-Tuesday – Write a love/anti-love poem.
She was the only true love of his life,
never a question–they belonged together.
In their youth, she was sure she’d become his wife.
He turned nineteen. Uncle Sam had other
plans. Her love was drafted to serve his country.
Writing when he could, he hoped she would wait,
proudly passed her photo ’round for all to see.
Protests and body counts raged back in the States.
Filled with foreboding, she received no mail.
At her job, she could no longer focus.
MIA, they said. She saw a black veil
seal her fate, with a dubious prognosis.
One year passed. A soldier rang her bell
bearing letter and photo rescued from hell.