I dreamed of the young ones on graduation day.
They were leaving for war, assembled
rank and file on the high school field,
the front line singled out and sent away.
We tried to reach them for a parting embrace;
too many bodies lay between us.
The sun, stealing down behind the football posts,
fell upon her fresh, flushed face.
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