Today — on the 4th, 2019

Art by Steve Pavey

Art by Steve Pavey

Today I saw
A young man, half my age
Stumble out of a car
At the handicap parking spot
To help his mom load groceries
He wore a military cap
Had a military physique
But his damage was under the skin, deep

My father was in the military
And I saw that damage
And this brown boy could have been my own son
And I saw him as such
Pride should be shattered in humility,
Like broken bones and minds
Things we don’t proudly display and march around
Those sent to fight for freedom but not to heal
Damage still left for someone else to carry