[lit-ideas] Re: Casualties

  • From: John McCreery <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Lit-Ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:38:48 +0900

Terrifying. But me, too.

John

On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 9:23 AM, Mike Geary <jejunejesuit.geary2@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

> Very good, Lawrence.  I like that a lot.
>
>
> On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 4:30 PM, Lawrence Helm <
> lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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>>             Fighter planes came low
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>>             Over the house all morning.
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>>             Ben looked concerned, "just planes,"
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>>             My son said, but why here,
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>>             Why now?  Somehow something
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>>             Had changed.  A siren howled close by.
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>>             They were coming for us once again.
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>>             There is an important obligation
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>>             Not to discriminate, not to
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>>             Tell Susan they can't give her
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>>             A transplant when she is old,
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>>             But the chief surgeon
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>>             Confessed the chance
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>>             Infinitesimally small.
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>>             We answered the call
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>>             And agreed to tests, as much
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>>             As they liked.  She never
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>>             Complained, but she is weary
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>>             Especially of the more
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>>             Stressful demands and
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>>             Of the treatment.
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>>             In my dream she was
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>>             As beautiful as she used to be.
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>>             I took her in saying,
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>>             "You have always been
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>>             Beautiful."  She looked at me
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>>             Out of her torment, crying "it is too
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>>             Hard now.  I'm not like that anymore."
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>>             I woke suddenly, stumbling
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>>             Up out of my lounge
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>>             Chair, unable to keep
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>>             My balance as the room
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>>             Spun.  I lurched down
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>>             The hall to see for myself the
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>>             Soft rise and fall of her breathing.
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