This poem is taken from Stand 225, 18(1) March - May 2020.

Howard Winn Three Poems
Veteran

He went to war before he ever voted
and no one seemed to think
it was either odd or unfair
not even him since he was just
a child at least in the eyes
of his parents if not the draft
board which did not worry or care
if he finished the twelfth grade
before he went to the killing fields
or skies since it did not matter
as long as he filled a place
in the quota for his county in
the opinion of the board of local
citizens many who had found meaning
in some previous war and thought
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