“Arlington”

by Jonathan Reinhart

"Aging Man" by Scott Halloran (conte crayon on Somerset)

“Aging Man” by Scott Halloran (conte crayon on Somerset)

“Arlington” first appeared in Curry Arts Journal 2003.

It must be the flag

draping over his body,

covering the coffin with signs

Of embroidered patriotism;

the flag drawn off the casket,

folded with honors in memory

of his life and valorous deeds,

while his wife releases a torrent of tears.

The bugle mournfully sounds retreat,

playing the dreaded Taps,

sending emotion-soaked sounds

into the essence of memory.

The uniforms stand at attention;

they aim, they fire, they reload;

they aim, they fire, they reload.

Up into the sky, bullets soar with his soul.

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