February 17, 2017

Dog Tags

These tags bear the weight

of my father's name,

though I know now

they were meant to be mine,

so deeply embossed into steel.

Here, try them on,

see how sad

they make you feel.

There's also a number,

blood type,

and date of birth,

messages my father

was saving for me,

all through the time

he was in the war.

The very same name

can also be found

etched in his stone,

though the order

is different there,

revealing the date

he kept with death.

His name I carry

deep in my bones,

safe with the secret

of who I am,

passed on to me

when I was still

so very young.