#Haiku Happenings #1 (11/12/19): K’s latest haiku for my current #haikai challenge!
fathers of fathers
a photograph, a silence—
My father and his father drawn from a photo–circa World War II. Must have been right before my father left for Europe. My grandfather remained in the States for the Second World War. He also served in WWI.
We clothe our dead from the two World Wars in nostalgia, but conflicts since then have become more frequent, and murkier, and today’s veterans have suicide rates that keep rising, despite sporadic efforts to find a way to help their troubled lives.
“More than 45,000 veterans and active-duty service members have killed themselves in the past six years. That is more than 20 deaths a day — in other words, more suicides each year than the total American military deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.” (NY Times, November 1, 2019)
I wrote about this issue for Veteran’s Day in 2015 with the embroidered newspaper article about one Marine…
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