Still in adolescence, you
entered the world’s dark heart
on that March day, part of the air cover
as convoys marched
over the border into Iraq.
But this is not the world you left at eighteen.
Your youth lies stillborn
in the sand and blood of those desert lands.
The shapes and shadows of your nightscape
are alien and ugly.
Your band of brothers?
Scattered, wounded, blown up.
Barbara Baillet Moran is a former professional storyteller whose poems often tell stories. A member of New Garden Poetry Group, her poetry was included in “Lines From Another Country” and “A Turn in Time.” Two unusual forms of publication: Barbara’s poem, “Filling Spaces,” written on September 11, 2001, was part of a multi-media exhibit in a New York City gallery throughout October-November, 2001. Stanzas of the same poem were engraved into the large steel sculpture by Jim Gallucci that paid tribute to those who perished in the catastrophe of 9/11.