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Sunday, November 10, 2013


by Howie Good

Source for image and the poem: “Nicholas Oresko, 96, a Hero of the Battle of the Bulge, Dies,” New York Times, October 3, 2013

He crawled back through the snow.
He saw red, blue and purple flame.
And then his helmet hit a booby trap wire.

He lay bleeding, unseen by the Germans.
He tossed a grenade into one bunker.

“I think about that incident every day.
 It never leaves you. When you kill somebody,
you remember it, or it remembers you.”

Bayonne named a school for him.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Cryptic Endearments from Knives Forks & Spoons Press. He has a number of chapbooks forthcoming, including Elephant Gun from Dog on a Chain Press. His poetry has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthology. goodh51(at)