Sale Or Return


We have come back
boxed and ribboned
to dust off
the war memorials.

We will be high-flown
late arrivals
in the wet grey pouch
of an important mouth.

Resting on trestles
on steady legs
what we are:
remains to be seen.


     

[August 2000]

From the book Make Mine a Double

The bodies of fourteen US servicemen from the Korean war have just been returned.