Poem of the Week: November 11th, 2013

Kelley Bright Leidenthal, who holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Nebraska, is the author of our poem of the week. More of her work can be found in our Summer 2013 issue.

JOHN HAS PTSD
By Kelley Bright Leidenthal

This time, I paint John red
with untied shoes before the sun
comes. There is food every day
and no more talk of work.
Red is my favorite color, and
I have what I want. John is home
from war, and it is Sunday everlasting.
From the kitchen, I see him
with a stare stretched over
our field. The shadows
camouflage his face.
I know he sees the landscape red ̶
the pieces of people
blown across a desert.
I have made a haunted man
to haunt me. I’m not alone.


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