Dad was never much of a talker a few words here and there
a short story in an economy of words about the adventures of one of his homers
Dad was never much of a writer
He never left a note to say he was running out for breakfast
or would be back in a little while so it was a great surprise for all
when some of his Guadalcanal letters appeared more than twenty years
after he passed away we met my father as a young man we never knew
His long forgotten letters to his buddy back home showed a man who misses his family and the long years he was overseas as censors cut out little holes the Japs would never see
He wrote of something he saw but will never forget and never said what it was
but it was what silenced him for all those years we knew him.
- By Anthony Buccino
from SIXTEEN INCHES ON CENTER
Copyright © 2010 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.