beaded trout

Semper Fidelis

Semper Fidelis

The legends live on,
From Aztec Halls,
To Taliban walls,
Down Congressional halls.

Who knows,
Where God's love goes,
When incoming,
Turns seconds to hours.
Tours remain,
We return on planes,
To Mothers, Wives, Fathers,
Sons and daughters.

Other airlift planes,
Return heroes remains,
To bases for claims.

To tears of wives and daughters.

Cathedrals sing,
Church bells ring,
For Marines,
Who walk into peril.
Nothing remains,
Except legends and dreams,
Survivors and faces,
Of family, wives, sons, and daughters.

John D. Berry


contents of issue 7

Sweeping Away
Rain C. Gomez

Semper Fidelis
John D. Berry

To the White Woman Who Told Me,
Misty Shipman Ellingburg

untied
Martin Hinkel

PRAYER TO THE LAST TIME
Kenzie Allen

washing dirt
Gary Gach

Busted
Linda Boyden

We circle the tipi one time
Juanita Padopony


John D. Berry Biography

John D. Berry, Choctaw/Cherokee heritage, retired librarian, UCB.


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.