Korean War Battles
Robert Ricardo Reese
old geumgansan & busan perimeter
& the morning-calm land on the yalu river front
these battles jesus mother mary of joseph
vain curses come to mind this sore
throat of memory as the silence endless wire
sandbagged-trenches thuds & rips from every shell loud noises:
loud noises just like thunder
shrapnel hails from the clouds.
the left cheek bone wounded in the ricochet
rice paddy’s thorny stillness
in quiet flesh lead star clink in the retired
soldier’s sink the shrapnel coming out
after those long hidden years.