Jon Ojala

Rookie (1952)

Jon Ojala Poems

1. Only A Memory Now 2/2/2008
2. A Child's Bath (For My Son Eric) 2/11/2008
3. Laurie 5/1/2008
4. Insha'Allah 5/20/2008
5. Thirteen 7/1/2008
6. The Last Milestone 8/25/2008
7. That Place Within 10/13/2008
8. My Sister Sandra 10/18/2008
9. The Gift 1/1/2009
10. The Ambiguity Of Silence 1/7/2009
11. The Transition 3/25/2009
12. From A Grateful Nation.......... 4/4/2009
13. Absence Of Malice 10/27/2009
14. The Revenge Of The Armenian Transvestites 11/8/2009
15. Fortunes Of War 11/21/2009
16. Leaving Jennifer 6/22/2010
17. Kate's Hummingbird 2/8/2009
18. Norma 2/14/2009
19. The Refiner's Fire 1/28/2009
20. Ripples 12/15/2007
21. Restoring Innocence 1/13/2009
22. Falling Into Eternity 7/21/2008
23. Remainders 4/18/2008
24. A Veteran's Farewell 2/6/2008
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A Veteran's Farewell

At the end, he simply fell asleep, and was gone.
Before this, we sat in vigil around his bed,
family and friends,
holding inside our grief and sorrow,
yet happily swapping stories of his life,
reveling in his gentle goodness,
honoring him with our laughter and love.
Though he was frail and comatose, he heard us,
of this we were absolutely sure.
Then we fell silent, pondering his life,
his influence, his example:
husband, father, grandfather, uncle, teacher, coach,
veteran, patriot, friend; all these he was.
We honored him with our silence, as ...

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Laurie

Little newborn
child of promise.
born under the Covenant,
tightly wrapped in white,
longed for,
our firstborn.
Cradling you in my arms for the first time,
you stare up at me with tiny, brilliant,
unfocused trusting eyes,

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