disabled veterans' picnic

a couple of them in chairs,
and all of them
bent and twisted
into various
mangled states,
some with canes,
and all with a hobble,
or a shuffle,
having left
their agility and who knows what else,
in a jungle
on the other side of the world,
decades ago;
today, they are brought
in a Veterans Administration van
to Mattapoisett
Veterans Memorial Park
at Ned's Point
for a picnic
in the sunshine
next to the harbor;
I tell one of their
caretakers how inspiring
it is to see them,
and I remind him that
he has job security, since
we are creating a whole
new generation of them.

June 29, 2010.

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