Craig Erick Chaffin

Rookie [C.E. Chaffin] (10/17/54 / Ventura, CA)

Craig Erick Chaffin Poems

1. On The Anthropic Principle 9/4/2008
2. Pawn 9/4/2008
3. A Time To Weep 9/4/2008
4. Last Poem Of My 45th Year 10/15/2009
5. In Your Hands 10/26/2009
6. Outing 7/17/2014
7. At The Vietnam Memorial 4/5/2007
Best Poem of Craig Erick Chaffin

At The Vietnam Memorial

At the Vietnam War Memorial

Black granite stretches its harsh, tapering wings
up to pedestrian-level grass
but sucks me down, here, at the intersection of names.
I forgive, I must, though I wish something
could heal this wound in the earth.

Behold, all theorists, the price of theory:
extreme unction by napalm and blood,
vets shipped home whole or in pieces:
The VA grants prostheses
but not minds free of horror.

In jungles tumescent, through villages
of straw, by the Mekong where catfish
sleep in mud-heaven, we tramped, ...

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