by Hal C Clark

November 25, 1963

no cake and candles today
tearful boy with snappy salute—
instead a somber parade marks your three years

where is your father
who smiled as you played under his desk
carried you on his shoulders
dreamed of peace in your life

why did that man take your father’s chair
from your home

what is the large box rumbling
atop the caisson
covered by our flag

what is it you salute

why did that man take away
the chance to see your father live out
our dreams

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