I Tell Him about the Body Bags

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He loads the dishwasher, his Mom’s birthday
dinner done. We talk family stuff, his trip
to Boston, has he seen American
Sniper, and I raise the old, not-quite-a-joke,

about Grandma-the-Commie’s antiwar
spouts. Yeah, sure, marching, and organizing,
I worked with Maoists, until they rejoiced
at the body bag uptick. Body bags

would get the public’s notice. Human loss
didn’t matter. Later years when coffins
were unloaded, no observers allowed,
ongoing protests to stop the slaughter,

the real enemy, the danger, the lies,
then we move away to candles and cake.

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