April 23, 2009

I'll Be Seeing You

I'll Be Seeing You by Jo McDougall

World War II is slipping away, I can feel it.
Its officers are gray.
Their wives who danced at the USO
are gray, too.

Veterans forget their stories. Some lands they fought in
have new names, and Linda Venetti
who deserted the husband who raised cows
to run off with an officer
has come home to look after her mother
and work the McDonald's morning shift.

William Holden is dead,
and my mother, who knew all the words
to "When the Lights Go On Again All over the World."

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1 comment

  1. This poem is a reality check for us seniors. It's kind of sad to me.


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