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Uncle Jim

I ran crying to Uncle Jim, standing by the barn door.
We hugged, and I tried to hold the smell of him,
of Vermont -- Old Spice, oatmeal, rotting leaves in crisp October air.
"Oh, kid, you and me, kid ... you and me," he said. 
But the car was waiting, all packed.
My grandparents yelled one more time, to come.
He stood alone, waving goodbye, his head held
to one side, a war injury. 
Perhaps that's why he drank.
Or maybe it was living so far away from us,
in a wild place, where snow is measured in feet.
On winding roads, I cried for two hours, through valleys of orange and yellow and graveyards of granite, where men with stovepipe hats and ladies with hoop skirts lay side by side underneath the green.
A blur of steeply pitched roofs went by.
Was Uncle Jim, by now surely in his house watching snowy TV, crying, too?
Uncle Jim is dead, at least he told me so, as he stood by my bed one night.
Even now, when I think of Uncle Jim, and how he held me, what he said to me in 1963, I still cry.
Even now.

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  1. Date: 8/31/2013 9:25:00 PM
    Hi Don, , it is nice to fly this high/ accomplishment. Congratulations :-) on having your poem Featured on the soups Home Page... always~ Linda

  1. Date: 8/26/2013 1:06:00 PM
    Hi Don, I saw this poem featured and I had to come by and say what an incredible piece it is. Its deeply touching and sad but that's not exactly all that makes it what it is. It has a quality that is hard to describe so I won't even try....but I do love it, and I'm adding it to my fave list.

  1. Date: 8/26/2013 9:36:00 AM
    Touching and with an air of mystery. Congrats on the selection. daver

  1. Date: 8/26/2013 4:12:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem being featured this week.

  1. Date: 12/24/2012 9:19:00 PM
    DOn, Once again, we find ourselves trapped in the Holiday Season. And, hear I am stopping by to say Hi and to wish you a Merry Christmas once again sincerely from my heart. Loving each moment I found comforting here on the soup. Thank you for any comment or support you have offered now or in the past. Love always & forever ~ PD

  1. Date: 2/2/2012 4:46:00 AM
    You have a lovely and sweet heart don. - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 1/31/2012 7:39:00 PM
    sad thoughts....good toknow he had your love!!

  1. Date: 1/31/2012 4:53:00 PM
    Sad ending to a very expressive and descriptive work..Sometimes those that were in battle in the war came home with Post Traumatic Syndrome..Back then they did not know how to treat it and most men who had it self medicated by using alcohol..Reads like a was a good friend to you despite his illness..It is good for a person to be able to be that close to someone who can be a role model..Enjoyed reading this eve..Thanks for stopping by, reading, and taking time to comment on my work..Sara