Thursday, November 11, 2010

While medics treat

Nov. 3, 2010 – at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan,

medics bandage bleeding civilians hit by indirect

fire while at home garbage cans jumble at the curb,

black and blue and green, confused leaves turn

yellow and cerise, flutter, a little girl sells candy

at the door to the grocery store where baskets

hug mounded pomegranates, a woman struts

a black-and-white Great Dane, tomato vines


Through Wreaths Across America, veteran memorials and gravesites, including Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., are adorned with remembrance wreaths. The solemn tributes honor many of the 25 million men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces and guarded and preserved America's freedom throughout history. There is no way to calculate total civilian losses in war-torn regions.