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Month 1:9

Inspired by the phrase “signature wounds” in President Obama’s Oval Office speech, August 31, 2010.

The signature wounds of war

are not elegant scripts, handsome stamps;

they are hasty scribbles, red scrawls

meant to spell “anonymous.”

by Therese L. Broderick

About ThereseLBroderick

Independent community poet living in Albany, New York USA.

3 responses »

  1. Powerful lines, Therese.


  2. “handsome stamps”—sooo goood.

    That would be a great name for a collection (or for a band actually).

    I’m loving these concentrated, dense little gems…


  3. We might use elegant phrases but your piece highlights the fact that reality is very different.


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