Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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Platform

She had to bon voyage him
like this—air kisses,
a palm fretting sideways.
Racing down the platform to catch up

without stockings, the remains of kohl-pencil
lines drawn up the backs of her calves,
nylons now evaporated
for the war effort.
Everyone was for the war effort.

They were one month married.

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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