Entering the lawns of manicured perfection
As close to heaven as I will ever come
The top of my pyramid of heavens
Except Lake Placid's ancient stars
World War II - Dad's grief observed - Pop up caught at home plate
Vietnam - Gordian Knot conundrum - Game rained out
Gulf War I - Stopping Hitler's clone - Base hit to center field
Gulf War II - Twin Tower revenge - Bases loaded
Reading John Henry Newman's 'Beyond the Veil'
Reasures me of the 'I and Thou' of poetry.
Just as Elizabeth Browning celebrates
Her 'long lost saints' it helps greatly
The stray cats teach me
About the hardness of my lines
About being out of control
About compassion for God's creatures
The trouble with being called 'Colonel'
Or almost anything else either good or bad
How strange to be so sick in Moscow
That even the call of Czarist treasures
The young man in court
At the beginning of that long day
Did not know that there were price tags
Attached to his actions.