Vapor Trails


Vapor Trails

The rattle and hum of the war machine

Jet maneuvers

Shake loose my memories of you

Never really mine

Separated by marriage

Separated by death.

When you left

Did you expect that

Despite the separation of years

The sound of your desperation

The knowledge of the bullet

Would still rock me to my core?

The war is upon us again

Reminding me of your pain

Of the memories you had

Of the same war, a decade ago

That ultimately killed you

After you got home.

But if you were never mine

Why do I hear your voice

In the roar of afterburners

See your face in vapor trails?

Shawn Graybeal

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