The message that broke her heart

17 Jul

A young woman
sits on the ground
beside a tree
tracing a design
into the dirt
with her
fingers

She looks
into the sky
then across the fields
then back into the sky

thinking about her spouse
(a police officer)
she had waiting for

to celebrate
their newborn child

the message
arrived

he won’t be home
again

_____________________________
Revised poem from
“When Twilight Begins”
a book published in 1969
by Jim Wortham

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