THE TATTOOS OF STAFF SERGEANT LINDEN

My men aren’t bodybuilders like in films:
if Audie Murphy’s brave, they aren’t that brave,
and judging by their talk they’re all depraved:
I’d be surprised if any sang church hymns.

You know the horse built by the Greeks to win
that ancient war? My joes wouldn’t think of that.
When I ask what they’ve been aiming at
when they’re behind the gun, they shrug and grin.

I love to hear their jokes about zombies
and the apocalypse. But my son makes
me laugh harder. Stuff he says. I miss
him. This lot make me sick, their ugly faces.

And yet I swear that these men are so rare
I had their names inked here, and here, and here.

Project Details

  • Date January 14, 2016
  • Tags THE TATTOOS OF STAFF SERGEANT LINDEN