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)

My Brother

Aaron Berkowitz

You’re a soldier now and I should say, “Yes
you are invincible,” but I can’t because
that uniform doesn’t protect you anymore
than your skin. Bleed brown, green, purple,
blend in to yourself—I am left
to mourn you though you still live