Our Lonely Death

by George Nolta

Poem


Somewhere a Woman Is Building an Ark

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Poem


A Place Where Soldiers Go

by Paul Gonzales

Poem


That Look

by David Marchant

Poem


Just for Today

by Michele Johnson

Poem


Medication Blues

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Autumn Nights

By Tanya Whitney, Army

Writing Type: Poem

By Tanya R. Whitney

VA Medical Center--New Orleans, LA

 

The crisp smell of autumn is in the air.

Gathering wood from the dying forest,

to be arranged into a blazing pyre.

The season of fall, transforming nature.

 

Flames shimmy and grow brighter as they flare

to life with cheery illumination.

The dry wood crackles as smoky plumes rise

in swirling mists of a bluish grey haze.

 

A towering blaze shoots high in the sky,

flickering red and orange in the dark,

hypnotizing those huddled around its

swelling of gyrating intensity.

 

Fanning the fire, stoking the glowing coals

that rise like a hellish inferno.

Sparks hover above like fireflies soaring

and gliding in the chilly autumn night.

 

Streaks of fiery light and color explode

with the popping sounds of Roman candles.

They shoot skyward, lighting the darkened sky,

then spiral down as smoldering cinders.

 

The autumn aroma of burning wood

chases away the chill of the cool night.

The brilliant light dims like the season fades,

vibrant at the start, death coming at the close.

Sergeant Mackey

by Dwight Jenkins

Poem


Answer to Our Youth

by Dennis O’Brien

Poem


Our Lonely Death

by George Nolta

Poem


This Road I Am On

by David Marchant

Poem


A Knock on the Door

by Diane Wasden

Prose


Just for Today

by Michele Johnson

Poem