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.