War Photo

IMG_0321IMG_0344There are photographs you will never

see, (this one included)


shifting tectonic plates in the


the quiet space under the ink and the shudder

where your bones lie.

I look at you and I want to compose

a symphony to your boot

and your tibia

but a biplane has already sung

for you when the sky fell.

(My great-grandfather flew over France in WWI with the 50th Aero Squadron, taking photos and mapping enemy territory for the bombs. When I was visiting my mom earlier this month we found his cache of photos taking in Verdun, France 1918.)

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Jessica Halsey was born in Arkansas and has lived most of her life in the United States and Panama. She earned a BA in Sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Would you like to know more?

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