Holding On


His wife was crying

He held her hand while his son

Saluted his tomb


(Photo from Definitivamente)


  1. This is an unfortunate image that has likely occurred many times in the past and will likely continue into the future. You have created a real sense despair while revealing the bravery and respect our soldiers deserve. You are a very talented writer.

    Please excuse my non response. I am currently spending most of my time in hospice waiting for my mother’s passing. My comments will be intermittent for the month of September. I appreciate you and your work and did not want you to feel snubbed. Stay healthy and happy.

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    • I’m so sad to hear about your mom, Jon! She’s fortunate to have you at her side. I lost my dad in April and know the strength one draws from family during these dark times ❤ Blessings and warm thoughts to you and your family.

      Thank you so much for your sweet message. I was noticing your absence and got worried that something was amiss.



  2. Reblogged this on Mellow  Curmudgeon and commented:
    Poet Rummager has written a splendid tribute to fallen soldiers, with a simplicity and directness reminiscent of Hemingway’s 6-word short story.

    Am I the only one who was initially bewildered, having read “while” literally at first? The leave-taking and the funeral need not have been simultaneous. Time passed slowly while there was still hope that the soldier could return home on the scheduled date, relatively unhurt and relatively unhaunted. Then, suddenly, it felt as if he had left moments ago.

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