Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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  © Melanie Faith, 2013

Tattered Mosaic

It started as a joke.
His lifeline started strong,
then: black cats, fretting.

Edgar’s arms
drew Pauline closer. Don’t leave me
she’d exhaled into his skin.

Brushed aside; the first time he laughed.
The fickle lick of newsprint and twigs,
for the war effort—warmth in his arms, smoke rings.

Now: VE Day banners, confetti in the streets,
a Dior suit dress from her mom for Christmas,

nylon stockings from work money. Toy soldiers for Charlie.

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  Catching the Send-Off Train:
Telephone Operator
Justice of the Peace
Where There’s Smoke
  There’s Breakfast
Life Line
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
Taking off His Ring, Part Two
Charlie: Settling In
Thirty years
Charlie: Settling In, Part Two
Platform: Traveling Back