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  Dixie Cup Memorial
by Odin Roark
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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As Memorial weekend begins, memories of Manhattan’s Washington Square brought images forth that seemed appropriate. It’s easy to forget that Memorial Day is not about the long weekend box office competition. So--I thought to create a short story first, then decided to experiment a bit further with a prosetry attempt. Hope it works for you.

Dixie Cup Memorial


How small it is

this bottom of the Dixie cup

looking skyward

holding high the torch

the unemployment check

of another kind


Held aloft with no regrets

Half full

Half empty

All the same

Someone had to shoulder the orders


Now in desert camo-dress

my hand holds forth

watching fingers pass over

some manicured

with pennies

some scabbed and scared

with singles

even children's innocent fingers

dropping their nickels and dimes


Many have acknowledged this

My back-home identity

My calling card

My shingle

My name plate


The mind huddles close now

few copper and silver

no blankets of green

no ingots of gold


A note floats downward

swathing reality


Thank you for your service

Would you like a job?

What are your skills?

Can you relocate?



I say

my eyes upon my severed legs

each knee protruding


save the Purple Heart pinned securely


Just let me gather today's windfall

2 pennies

1 nickel

3 quarters

1 subway token


Relocating again




Enough to get me there


Pocketing the Dixie cup

my knuckles pull forward

surging my mover's dolly

transporting Faith's hidden hope



looking back

my benefactor strides onward

his missing arm

yet another lost appendage of honor

his smile a projection of comradery


Not far he says

Not far


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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/28/2012
I have seen this guy–this forgotten soldier. For all the glory we heap upon the cemetery each Memorial Day, we forget that guy on the street corner who was once a soldier too. This is a powerful piece that demands to be published elsewhere. Thanks for writing it.

Reviewed by Budd Nelson 5/27/2012
A very touching write for this time of year, thank you very much for the sharing.
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 5/27/2012
How emotionally touching Odin Roark. My late husband was one of these, it touches my heart, beautifully penned and gives a picture to many who do not have awareness or understanding.

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