(An Autumn Sonnet)
I came to the Wall on Veterans Day
The morning raindrops drew the tears
I wrote in my heart: 11 November 1998, Wednesday
I waited for more rain, but the gray skies disappeared.
I laid my offerings at the granite panel
My book of poetry, "Dear Daddy," and some precious photos
Then she came, she read; she is her Dadís Angel
His name is Richard L. Mayes, she called him her dearest hero.
She hugged me for she knew her Dad died for me
Saying all her life has been burning with "whys"
Her Dad never returned home to his two-month-old baby
The day he was killed in the foreign skies.
She wrote him a tearful letter, it was collected at nightfall
Her poised picture I took, I named it "The Girl in the Wall."
Linh Duy Vo
(The Boy in the Poem)
3 April 1999 ©
"The Father's Kiss"
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