Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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Edgar

appears at the foot of her bed. It is 3 am.
In an hour, she’ll rise to wash her face.
In an hour, she’ll eat oatmeal
at her mother’s table, then head off
for her shift, typing more nightmares from abroad.

Edgar wears his uniform,
as handsome as the morning
she ran after his convoy. Edgar is see-through,
without his silver ring this time. Edgar smiles.

She lets go of her covers, she reaches for him—

but Edgar’s a detonation. Smoke. An alarm.

She wakes
rested for the first time

since she slept in Edgar’s arms.

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  Catching the Send-Off Train:
  Platform
Telephone Operator
Justice of the Peace
Where There’s Smoke
  There’s Breakfast
Life Line
Floating
Charlie
Fragments, Sent
Red, White, Green
Pauline to Edgar
I’m not saying it’s the same.
Taking off His Ring, Part One
Edgar to Pauline
Tattered Mosaic
And Sometimes a Boy Needs
  a Father
Edgar
Taking off His Ring, Part Two
Charlie: Settling In
Thirty years
Charlie: Settling In, Part Two
Platform: Traveling Back