After Firty Years
by Martin A. Ramos

what can we do
after fifty years
of wedded bliss

(three offspring
seven grand kids
two mountain bikes

one open heart
Social Security benefits

the war in Afghanistan
Saddam Hussein and his
Weapons of Mass Destruction

the burning towers
dealing with Bush twice
the intentional bombing

of isla nena, Vieques, PR
Haiti, Syria, the Philippines
Newtown, Connecticut

our neighbor's soldier
son, Victor, who lost his legs
in La Drang valley


except to
reverently lie down
with hope

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