Generation at War
It is 2003
and the war has gone to Iraq
and on the phone Katherine worries
about her little brother
What if they run out of soldiers
and he has to go to war
We are not yet eleven, her brother,
just a bit younger
This is not something that I had thought about.
My mom assure me that this isn’t how it works,
that there are men and women willing to go
into the wide mouth of war
No one thinks about
a mouth staying open so long
that one day Katherine’s brother will be
old enough to decide
if he would like to
march into it himself
and there will be
she can do
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Grace Moore is a writer from Washington. She writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and the occasional poem. She also writes articles on travel, mental health, writing, and books. Sometimes she’s funny, or at least that’s what her mom says. Follow her on Instagram @gracieawriter.