War becomes

your companions.

It isn’t a thing.

 

The flag gapes

open to the widow. Up close, it absorbs

like full sun,

coarse as raw clapboards

and burgundy

only, it seems.

 

The widow bows. In the back row, it’s

a doofus,

a soft

kid’s trinket.

 

 

 

brodakMolly Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night (University of Iowa Press, 2010) and three chapbooks of poetry: Instructions for a Painting (GreenTower Press, 2007), The Flood (Coconut Books, 2012) and Essay on Parts of Day (Horse Less Press, 2013)

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