The Sunday Whirl, for wordle #30, http://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/wordle-30/, proved to be difficult until the words ‘bees’ and ‘coral’ jumped out at me. Then my muse took over and I realized I would have to make this a belated Veterans’ Day tribute.
The words are: bees, balance, cleaning, coral, finger, motionless, eloquent, safety, rapidly, point, strength, swivel.
PROUDLY HE WALKED
by Mike Patrick
Proudly he walked the length of the concourse,
head high and moving rapidly for a man of his age.
His wife and son struggled to keep up.
His grandson, his warrior, was returning home.
His own days of war had been in World War II.
He was in one of the first Construction Battalions.
Construction Battalions—shortened to CBs,
then to Cee Bees, and finally to Seabees.
He still remembered the strength of youth
and running across the coral,
cleaning off the beach obstructions:
swiveling from one to another
planting explosive charges.
There was no thought of safety.
Life was a balancing act:
then running like Hell,
so scared he couldn’t talk—
but he made it.
He went on to build piers, airstrips and hospitals,
on a dozen dirty little disease infested islands.
He kept building after he got out.
Now that he owned a construction company,
all he had to do was point a finger
and others rushed to do his bidding.
But not this one.
Not the one coming home today.
His grandson’s time in the service
was spent building schools and hospitals
in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
As his grandson proudly walked from the plane,
head held high, resplendent in his uniform,
he tried to think of an eloquent welcome speech,
but all he could do was cry.