Treasure Island

michael hogan

(July 14,1943 / Newport, Rhode Island)

Another Reason For Loving Mothers


for Sgt. Tom Valle, USMC

The two-note call of mothers
for sunburnt children at the beach –
prolonged, high-pitched at the end –
is a bittersweet sound, old as time.
A friend wounded by a mortar shell
said the last thing he heard
before the red blazing in his brain
was his mother’s desperate call: TOM-EEEE
and nothing.

How he struggled
through all those weeks of darkness
running against the tangled bushes of his dying
to be home in time for supper.

Submitted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Edited: Thursday, February 27, 2014

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—for Sgt. Tom Valle, USMC

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