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A Farewell to G.I. Joe

by Chris Sorrenti

“It’s too bad he had to make such a fool out of himself,
knowing just how smart he can be,”
I said to my wife,
as she scratched your name out of our directory.
“Some people change for the worst I guess.
“What’s playing tonight on TV?”

It’s sad to think of how much a friend you once were.
All those good points that kept us together for so long,
put on the sidelines.
I now realize some things...even friendships,
aren’t meant to last forever.
The army’s fine I guess,
as long as there’s no war.
Then what are you going to do?
Even at this point I’d hate to see you as a casualty.

M.A.S.H. is on tonight – the last episode;
Hawkeye had better be up to par.
I can’t understand why your mother
would bring up the subject of my overdose,
when you once tried to kill yourself with sleeping pills.
It’s sad how quickly people can forget their own mistakes,
While recalling those of others.

“What did you say to him in response?”
she asks,
feeding the baby a last ounce of Similac.
I tried to be diplomatic,
saying “We’d all come a long way from those crazy days.”
That quickly put an end to the conversation,
then I showed him my model airplanes -
some of them Canadian;
all of them camouflaged – he seemed to like that.
And then I showed him the manuscript to my first book of poetry;
he just about swallowed his tongue.

© 1983
Inputted and revised © 2017

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Author's Note: Only small-minded people point out the past mistakes and misfortune of others, and no matter one’s station in life, how much money they have, doesn’t give them the right to look down their noses at others.

Posted on 08/22/2017
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

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