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Ban Me Thuot
by William T. Hathaway
The two US advisors led their Vietnamese and Montagnard paratroopers at a double-time march into the back of a C-130. As Spec.-4 O'Keefe took a sling seat against the fuselage, he wished the plane had windows. From deep under ginger brows his blue eyes probed the aluminum interior. The door closed, muting the howl of engines. Sealed in with the smell of nervous sweat, O'Keefe wanted to flee.
Bearing False Witness
by M. Lee Williams
"This is crazy," she said, her voice threatening the peace of the courtroom. "Robert was just trying to protect hisself . . . and us." She wasn't loud, but there was pleading in her voice, in her brown eyes, and in her hands that held each other.
The defense attorney, a regular player in scenes such as this, was concerned that his witness was edging closer to irritating the judge. He rose to his feet in an effort to control her with more than just his words.
The assistant district attorney sat back, glancing at his watch again to demonstrate his impatience, despite there being no jury in the box to appreciate his subtle message that the witness was not to be believed and was only wasting everyone's time.
by Holly Day
Somber cathedral unseen beneath
the marching feet of men, phosphorous mushrooms, the Candlemas
that lead the blind fish on. I don't know
how many days I've sat here, listening to
the drip of water
nasty water, thick with lime-I'm turning to stone
from the inside out.
by Sara Molloy
Beautiful moments in time
She won't respond
That would be yielding
by Sara Molloy
Warm, well wishes
The image of good-bye
Farewell in your distance
never to exist that way again
by Troy Reeves
"For he knows or frame; he remembers that we are dust,"
Forty years I have worked these yards of skin,
Harvested the fruit of these acres of hide:
Ulcers, bunions, boils, and warts,
Nodules, papules, pustules, and plaques.
by Gary Swaim
It will be in February.
So much is well resolved
in February. Leaves living
deep inside bare limbs
grow into April and beyond.
Donny Does E-mail
by John Rothfork
Note: You should start with the first five poems.
ever been ta the picture show
over ta Thalia?
ain't no picture show at Thalia
Dairy Queen is the center of life
how weak is that Donny?
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