Holiday Letter for a Poet Gone to War

If in the midst of mannequin bombs
disemboweling pregnant insanity,
a poem of love should seduce your lips,
sing each soul-dazzling stanza
with such soft rapture as an angel might.

If your comrade’s head should explode
while you sing with such soft rapture as an angel might,
bandage your heart with thoughts of simpler things—
mowing the lawn, washing dishes,
waking up dreaming in your lover’s arms.

What can bombs know of the illuminated fields
so golden with heaven in your heart’s sacred lands?
How can bullets hope to penetrate the armor
of your soul’s endless capacity for love?

If death should suck the marrow from your bones
while you mow the lawn, wash dishes,
or wake up dreaming in your lover’s arms,
remember: you were born a child of light’s wonderful secret—
you return to the beauty you have always been.

Collected Visions of a Skylark Gone to War

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Known as an award-winning poet, historian, journalist, and fiction writer, Aberjhani is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and former editor for the U.S. Air Force. He has authored eight books in multiple genres—4 of them poetry–– including: "Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance" (Facts On File); "ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love"; "The American Poet Who Went Home Again"; "The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois"; "I Made My Boy Out of Poetry"; and, "The River of Winged Dreams." He currently serves as editor for the Civil War Savannah book series, which includes the best-selling title, "Savannah, Immortal City.", Aberjhani was inducted into the Red Room Hall of Fame in October 2009, and in August 2011 was honored with a VIP Dot in the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait. He is a winner of the Thomas Jefferson Award for his journalism, the Choice Academic Title and Best History Book Awards for "Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, " the Creative Loafing Critic’s Pick Best Savannah Author Award for general authorship, and the Connect Savannah 2006 Poet and Spoken Word Artist of the Year Award for his poetry. He is also the founder of the popular online community Creative Thinkers International.

Last updated July 03, 2015