Bert Clere

Poems
What We Learned in Iraq (10/25/12)
I am not a veteran. I'm a childcare worker in North Carolina now back in school for my teaching licensure. I've only known with any closeness one Iraq veteran. He told me scattered stories, but the one that has gone through my head constantly is the image of soldiers on downtime kicking a ball back and forth with Iraqi children.
A boy and a soldier kick a ball back and forth
The desert is lifeless save the life in their motion
The ball is their shared language