Bill Grace


The Chocolate and Vanilla of Courage


There is the courage of the body of which I have read
or heard the stories of the elders of my tribe
Roy Benavidez spitting in the medics face
to communicate he was alive - half dead.
John Levitow passed out on the ramp of Spooky 71.
Dave Carter giving a kidney to help a co-worker live.
William Graves refusing medical aid.
'Four Chaplains' who I will only meet in heaven.
Yet, on my quiet porch the other courage haunts me.
Steve Stalonas refusing my brainless adulation.
Henry Nixon calling the bigotry of his superiors.
In history George Marshall wisking away a President's favor
at risk to self.
With age I know very little but I am certain that
Courage comes in at least two flavors
Both are ice cream.

Submitted: Monday, September 13, 2010
Edited: Monday, September 13, 2010

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