Jehanne Dubrow Poems

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1.
Secure For Sea Secure For Sea

maritime terminology
It means the moveable stays tied.
Lockers hold shut. The waves don't slide
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2.
Against War Movies

I see my husband shooting in Platoon,
and there he is again in M*A*S*H (how weird
to hear him talk like Hawkeye Pierce), and soon
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3.
Chernobyl Year?

We dreamed of glowing children,
their throats alive and cancerous,
their eyes like lightning in the dark.
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4.
Jehanne Dubrow

For weeks, I breathe his body in the sheet
and pillow. I lift a blanket to my face.
There's bitter incense paired with something sweet,
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5.
Before The Deployment

He kisses me before he goes. While I,
still dozing, half-asleep, laugh and rub my face
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6.
Nonessential Equipment

The dog and I are first among those things
that will not be deployed with him. Forget
civilian clothes as well. He shouldn't bring
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7.
Liberty

Tomorrow he would leave again
and I thought why not remove
his clothes once more, fold his shirt
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8.
A Catalogue Of The Contents Of His Nightstand

One orphaned oak leaf from his uniform.
Loose change. A pair of collar stays. A tube
of mentholated chapstick going warm.
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9.
Much Tattooed Sailor Aboard Uss New Jersey

Squint a little, and that's my husband
in the photograph, the sailor on the left—
the one wearing a rose composed of ink
and the Little Bo Peep who stands
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10.
The Long Deployment

For weeks, I breathe his body in the sheet
and pillow. I lift a blanket to my face.
There's bitter incense paired with something sweet,
like sandalwood left sitting in the heat
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