Written for: Poetic Asides April 2020 PAD Challenge – Day 10
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “The (blank) Who (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “The Runner Who Walked,” “The Scientist Who Decided to Make a Monster,” “The Poet Who Loved Me,” and/or “The Teacher Who Couldn’t Learn.” If you’d prefer to write about a thing instead of a person, feel free to replace the word “who” with the word “that.”
The farm would have to do without the boy
Ruddy cheeks, wide smile, he went off to war.
dutifully he wrote letters home, Love, Roy.
He tried to adapt, watched the death toll soar.
Roy served his time becoming numb
to horrific acts. His heart tightened.
Back home he leaped at noises as if gun-
fire surrounded him. His old friends he shunned.
Family convinced him to seek out aid.
VA told him, there’s a two-month wait.
Nightmares tortured him, drink blotted out day.
Roy took his life; terrors would not abate.
So young, the soldiers that fight, that serve
and come home in shock denied help they deserve.