My great-Uncle Henry
fought in World War One
and was wounded at Verdun.
My father joined the Marines
at age 18 and single-handedly
won the battle of Okinawa.
My Uncles served as well, but
me, not even
a Boy Scout, and
the draft ended in ’73
while I was at University
so never did I serve
my country–crazy land of

Wayne F. Burke's poetry has been widely published online and in print (including in Dissident Voice). He is the author of eight published full-length poetry collections -- most recently BLACK SUMMER, 2021, Spartan Press. He lives in Vermont (USA). Read other articles by Wayne F..