You brought your blanket of honor
celebrating your service to your country,
your ordeal in battle, and the healing of your wounds
these last forty years.
The colors of too many wars blaze
against a background of blood red
and the agonies of too many lives lost
and people changed forever.
Across my shoulders you draped your blanket
telling the room of your journey, your healing,
and the coming home of many a soldier
after too many years and too many tears.
And, in that draping, I felt honored and comforted
by the closeness and comfort of your friendship
and your open heart, as you shared your pain
and your journey, and your