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The Armory


Icy, wet afternoon

Out of place in May

Broken heart


Amongst standard steel desks

Scattered photographs

Of a happier time

Heart, you have no place here.

Faded fatigues

How proudly you display


Cloke of the dead

In the end

Nobody Wins

The flame that flashed a bright marching red

Burns no more

Reality extinguishes

Off, off to war in silence

In silence he remains

Far from me, far away

My soldier, my love.

Pamela Duffey wrote The Armory while a student at LaSalle University in Philadelphia in 1983. It was published in the Spring of 1984 in LaSalle’s literary magazine, “Grimoire.” She lives in Holland with her husband, Gerry, and three sons.

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