Casualties Were Few.

We lost two in Afghanistan in April; four this year.  Our President is considering sending more troops. It has been sixteen years.

The casualties were few we’re told
while preparing to withdraw
Just three last month in Kandahar
Your son, my son and a boy from Florida.

“Your son, like mine, your eldest boy?
Handsome, straight and tall?
Mine too, a young wide receiver
beloved by one and all.”

Do you remember when they left
the sea of flags a flying?
The speeches made, while bands they played
no talk among our sons of dying.

Do you remember when they left
so young and eager to get going
while old men nodded to each other
in the secret code of knowing?

And now each sleeps in a pewter box
A flag draped casket, flying home
A cargo plane to Wilmington
the final miles before it’s done.

“No pictures please of caskets!”
the people should not bear the view
lest a thought they died for nothing;
remember just “the casualties were few”



Sweet Melanie, who lived in my town a long time ago


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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13 Responses to Casualties Were Few.

  1. Toritto, I don’t know what to say. You have expressed so poetically what I have been raging about for quite some time. Unfortunately….to be continued.


  2. Reblogged this on shelbycourtland and commented:
    What Toritto has so poignantly expressed in poetic form is so very true and tragic!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. You always get me in the gut with your verses, Frank.

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  4. GP Cox says:


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  5. leggypeggy says:

    Few is a loaded word.

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  6. wfdec says:

    It seems there is an unwritten law that all new Presidents have to send a few more to die.

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  7. beetleypete says:

    Poignant and pertinent as always, Frank. You nail it every time.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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