Opie R. Houston

Opie is a 26-year USAF Retired member, from Austin, TX

VETERAN

the crowd drowns out
the wheelchair’s groan
as, with left arm,
he raises himself up
onto all-but-useless legs

then, as the flag passes,
his back straightens
and the arm braces
smartly against his side

as the memory
of his right arm
snaps
in invisible salute

Author’s Note: From my book, “Man’s Favorite Sport” – 1987