Monday, September 23, 2013

What the Letter Carrier Brought

for service woman Karina Law

You write back to some civilian
you’ve never met in the midst of pain
and rehab (rehabbing in the desert is worse
than I can imagine; my own experience
in air conditioned Bay State comfort
gets grueling enough sometimes)

I refuse to call you inspirational,
because I find the term irksome.
Why do people behave as if
keeping on is anything more
than simply what needs doing?

no I won’t say the I-word
as many of my fellow activists call it,
but I will say your words serve a purpose
you can’t have known they needed to.

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