SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 13, 2015) Lightning strikes the water as San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) navigates between storms. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Liam Kennedy/Released)

Anchor, Globe, and Eagle

by Devon Miller-Duggan

Who saw?
His brothers.
His killer.
The fist of sun on blood-soaked ground.

How did it happen?
Powders meant to make the soil bear fruit.
Wires meant to carry light.
The fist of sun on blood-soaked ground.

When did it happen?
He was nearly finished.
Of equipment, armor and munition they carried
135 pounds
on each man’s back. The fist of sun.

Why did it happen?
They shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint
into blood-soaked ground.

Who saw?
His mother, father. The shattered ground.
His sister, love. The shattered ground.

Who saw?
The fist of sun on blood-soaked ground.
His brothers.