For Sharon
 
One cannot prepare for slaughter.
Last month, a cognition test for your son:
Does a rock float in water?

Airlifted to a German hospital, then Walter
Reed in D.C. for three amputations.
(One cannot prepare for slaughter.)

We cling to updates posted by your daughter-
in-law, and still I find myself lost in that question,
Does a rock float in water?

Green to the troop, a stricken soldier
pivoted on an IED until your son tackled him.
One cannot prepare for slaughter,

and that boy had mere scratches, while you’re
praying for cloudless eye recognition.
Does a rock float in water?

they asked, as if No meant a healthy future.
Part of him remains in the air of Afghanistan.
One cannot prepare for slaughter.
Does a rock float in water?
 

Sascha Feinstein
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