Veteran’s Day. A Salute
Sonnet: My Dad the Soldier
The brave man that he was
saw war before he was old enough to kiss a girl,
slept in the bitter cold of Korea
then went on to serve his country
wearing a badge and a blue suit.
Used alcohol to settle his nerves & the score,
sang after dinner like any good irishman would —
songs like “Jack the Knife” and “Danny Boy” and
my favorite “Fly me to the moon”;
and held all the sadness of war in,
rarely speaking of the dead or the killing,
way before he died being
the best dad a girl
could ever have.