michael hogan

Rookie - 130 Points (July 14,1943 / Newport, Rhode Island)

Another Reason For Loving Mothers - Poem by michael hogan

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.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

—for Sgt. Tom Valle, USMC

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 23, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 27, 2014

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