Green Cathedral

For upcoming Memorial Day – first in a series of Toritto’s war poetry

The son of the Allentown butcher
will lead the way
point man on the sweep today
through God’s heavenly green cathedral

Verdant canopy reaching to heaven
flickering sunlight illuminates
mottled parrots red and blue
on the moss a mantis waits

Her body rises as he kisses her mouth
he knows not where he ends and she begins
Pistol and stamen
intoxicating flower

Why am I here carrying a gun
and not with her
where I would rather be
inhaling her scent?

Tread softly lest I become
a clump of earth.
Will the cathedral know
I have passed this way

if I do not bleed
and mix my essence with the ground?
Will my footprint remain
a calling card of our appointment?

This afternoon just before
the twilight of Apollo
I will kill or be killed
by the son of a rice farmer

 

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http://johnkrohn.blogspot.com/2012/10/where-heros-once-walked.html

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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3 Responses to Green Cathedral

  1. jfwknifton says:

    Many a true word in that poem!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. beetleypete says:

    The personal experience of Vietnam beautifully summed up, Frank.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Like

  3. GP Cox says:

    When memories become reality once again.

    Like

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