The Butler Pennsylvania Poems


Butler Woman

Normandy
June 6, 1944


She was standing on the porch
that day in June
watching her youngest
come running up the steps
then across the lawn
when it happened
on a beach called Omaha
where her eldest lay now,
face down
no longer clawing
at wet sand.

She stood there, quiet,
holding him close,
fingering his hair.