Ysabel de la Rosa

It's Here, poem by Ysabel de la Rosa

Last time I saw you was a wedding
on a sunny autumn afternoon. Old
friends gathered, glad to see each
other again, happy to celebrate the
beginning of a new life in love.
Now I learn that you, my friend,
are in war. Not at, but in.
War.

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When?, poem by Ysabel de la Rosa

Recruits are down, declares the report,
both in number and in attitude. Meanwhile,
rulers strategize.

Tactic 1: Betray
Once in combat, let no soldier leave, not
even when their tour is done. Trap them,
trick them, keep them. Do not count
the suicides.

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The Impotence of Wives, poem by Ysabel de la Rosa

Today’s news: F16 down in Iraq.
Is it—yes, it is. Their squadron: 524,
Hounds of Heaven. The calm reporter
tells you heaven has claimed one.
But which?

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