Duty at Mekong Delta LindaAnn Loschiavo Poetry

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by LindaAnn Loschiavo

Published in Issue No. 53 ~ October, 2001

They’re white as rice that wasn’t thrown at us.

 His stack of letters (nineteen-sixty-eight’s

 Mail, barely legible) was saved, penned straight,

 Not far from enemy lines. Infamous:

 The Mekong Delta, toured by curious

 Loved ones, prepared to demonstrate

 Our grief, disarm now, do what liberates,

 Surrendering to the incongruous.

 His presence here seems reconstructed as

 Those letters fold my world to paper wings.

 Why do brave words demand laments? I meant

 To re-read, gather them for warmth — whereas

 I light a match, red breast flames releasing

 Angels illegible in their ascent.

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Dana Gioia selected LindaAnn Loschiavo to be a "Featured Poet" in the journal Italian-Americana. She is a native New Yorker, journalist, and reviewer.