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It Is Good


to be understood


crew working

in the manholes on my street


one guy

with a hooked crowbar


300 pound manhole

covers off and on


so shooting the shit

I told when I was union laborer

I once helped move

in a confined space

an 8 ton beam


he got it right right off

said huh

better you than me



brothers who’ve

done tough stuff

this world’s work


solidarity forever

it is good





Battle Honor


late great dear nat furster

my father’s golf partner

my sorta uncle


jumped into Normandy

82nd airborne

those flooded fields

waist deep many

buddies drowned



all the way through

to berlin


in hurtgen forest

where the 2 airborne divisions

stopped a whole fuckin panzer army


i hear him now

hear his soul

crying from the grave

sick sobbing so shamed


for his old unit’s crimes

at abu ghraib