Misery touches personal pain and madness feels loss.
I’m stranded in summer moonlight near an empty field.
Red hawks sleeping till dawn.
Water flowing from a nearby creek.
You’ve lit out for Oklahoma City to see your grandmother,
Looking for Cherokee superstitions.
I’m left behind with a laminated map of Mississippi,
A state we agreed that they’d hang us first,
Before we’d ever get there.
Victor Henry’s poetry and prose poems have appeared in various small press magazines, anthologies, and e-zines, such as Slipstream; The Paterson Literary Review; Nobody Gets Off The Bus: The Viet Nam Generation Big Book; Vietnam War Poetry; The Homestead Review; Red River Review; Dead Snakes, and Misfitmagazine, among others. Image of What They Wanted book cover. His book, What They Wanted, was published, on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2015, by FutureCycle Press.