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    SO I WAS A COFFIN

         —For Corporal Kyle Powell, died in my arms, 04 November 2006

    They said you are a spear. So I was a spear.

    I walked around Iraq upright and tall, but the wind blew and I began to lean.
    I leaned into a man, who leaned into a child, who leaned into a city. I walked
    back to them and neatly presented a city of bodies packaged in rows.
    They said no. You are a bad spear.

    They said you are a flag. So I was a flag.

    I climbed to the highest building, in the city that had no bodies, and I smiled
    and waved as hard as I could. I waved too hard and I caught fire and I burned
    down the city, but it had no bodies. They said no. You are a bad flag.

    They said you are a bandage. So I was a bandage.

    I jumped on Kyle's chest and wrapped my lace arms together around his torso and
    pressed my head to his ribcage and listened to his heartbeat. Then I was full, so
    I let go and wrung myself out.

    And I jumped on Kyle's chest and wrapped my lace arms together around his torso
    and pressed my head to his ribcage and listened to his heartbeat. Then I was full, so
    I let go and wrung myself out.

    And I jumped on Kyle's chest and wrapped my lace arms together around his torso
    and pressed my head to his ribcage but there was no heartbeat. They said no. You
    are a bad bandage.

    They said you are a coffin. So I was.

    I found a man. They said he died bravely, or he will. I encompassed him
    in my finished wood, and I shut my lid around us. As they lowered us
    into the ground he made no sound because he had no eyes
    and could not cry. As I buried us in dirt we held our breaths together
    and they said, yes. You are a good coffin.

    This poem won first prize in the 2010 War Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Author Gerardo Mena received a $2,000 award. Copyright is reserved to the author. Mr. Mena has kindly made available to us a YouTube video he produced for this poem:

    "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

    by BOHICA on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 12:45:48 PM PST

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