Marine Corps coffins ride the ancestral iron horses of Captain Lincoln’s fabled line
Army caskets are tended by the spirits of Ernest Hemingway and Great Uncle Walt Whitman
Navy submersible boxes sometimes request sea burial slowly floating into the divine deep blue
Air Force urn ashes escort eternal winds into a nomadic spirit world cemetery
Coast Guardians keep to themselves about internment or ashes, but actor Buddy Ebsen served and that’s enough Uncle Jed Clampett type goodwill to set the breeze free
Civilian causality mass graves to vast to easily identify or ride out burning on a single squadron of spiritual Thunderbirds do haunt most service folks in the smoky-know
Conscientious objectors like William Stafford sometimes resist, refuse, fight-hard or roam-off through the cross-fire to ponder all the craters, issues or casualties on all sides
Enemy combatants do what they are ordered or asked to do until superior training within a superior force stand atop the finality reading the final sermon
Energy wars somehow drink at the fibers of freedom’s tattered war flag hiding fossil fuel requirements from the enlistee’s collective mother-guard while tipping the dusty top hats to abandoned steam and electrical field research
Banker’s expensive cash suitcases start to over-bloat aboard their elite airbus shuttle like the corpses who built all of this empire
Politicians hope for increased access inside the billionaire’s white administration building with secret symbolic revolution built into each 4 year election cycle facade
David Scott Pointer is a long time social justice/political poet. His father, a piano playing bank robber, died when David was just 3 years old, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother, who determined that the best way to keep her young charge from emulating his “scoundrel” father was to socialize him to be a good soldier. David’s earliest memories are of training for battle in his backyard in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more about David and his work here.
- 2014 DoveTales “Contrast” Edition Released
Our Second edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts, is available for purchase. The 2014 issue is themed “contrast” and includes the beautiful black and white photography of Writing for Peace Artist-in-Residence Paula Dawn Lietz, as well as the 2013 Young Writers Contest winners, and the following contributors:
Jordi Alonso, Cassandra Arnold, Maggie Bàra, Henry Braun, Lorraine Caputo, William Cass, Lorraine Currelley, Colin Dodds, John Garmon, Diane Giardi, Mark Goad, Veronica Golos, Sam Hamill, Dawnell Harrison, D. Iasevoli, Ed.D, Allan M. Jalon, Shelley Kahn, Richard Krawiec, Paula Dawn Lietz, Cory Lockhart, Shannon K. Lockhart, Veronica Marshall, Sandra McGarry, Iwona Partyka, Sy Roth, Andrew Sacks, Carol Smallwood, Julia Stein, Samantha Peters Terrell, Bänoo Zan
- 2015 Young Writers Contest Guidelines
Guidelines for our 2015 Young Writers Contest will be posted on September 1st. We’ll announce our fantastic new panel of judges at that time. The deadline for entry is March 1st, 2015 – not as much time as you might think, so start gearing up by scrolling through the many craft related links and tips on our Facebook page!
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