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The Telegram

Rating: 5.0

There was that knock again,
disturbing her, who needed rest,
the telegram had made her faint
and the two soldiers had supported
and talked to her, a chaplain would,
by morning, be the one who'd been
in situations such as this, since sixty-three,
they left her in her cold and clammy shell,
to take the numbness into bed with her.

Who'd knock this time of night,
for heaven's sake, it was enough,
can sudden widows get some sleep,
or do they have to die as well, dear God?
She'd had it now, downstairs, she ripped
the solid door near off its hinges,
standing there in his pyjamas, striped,
she'd always loved them, since that day
when he had teased her out of them for fun
and holy moly games of something sweet
and so profound that it had shattered all
that Mrs. Jorgenson had known and taught,
so here she stood, now face to face
with her own man who'd been declared
by the official war machine as truly, really dead.

He swept her up before she hit Italian slate
and carried her upstairs as someone would
a trophy of the greatest worth, a treasure.
And then, before the witness of the smiling moon,
he started peeling, once again and then he said:
I've always loved those stars and stripes on you,
we wouldn't, though, now overdo the loyalty, my sweet.

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Scarlett Treat 16 June 2006

If one has ever lived through a war, then you know that feeling of WAITING FOR THE KNOCK ON THE DOOR, and not knowing when or if it would come, and the pain it would bring! Well told, Herbert.

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Raynette Eitel 16 June 2006

This is narrative poetry at its best! Good one, Herbert. Raynette

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Gina Onyemaechi 16 June 2006

'...and carried her upstairs as someone would a trophy of the greatest worth, a treasure...' Touching lines from a touching poem. G.

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