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DELAWARE POETRY REVIEW
Gail Braune Comorat
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THE FEW, THE BRAVE, THE PROUD

“Tough it out,” my father used to say
whenever I suffered an injury.
Softball season was an especially
vulnerable time. I learned to nurse bruises,
ice them down, suffer aches in silence.
I wanted to make him proud, my father,
a former Marine who never spoke of the
lives he saw spilled on Iwo Jima’s sands.
I endured my injuries: cuts from garden hoes,
barbs from fishing hooks, skating accidents.
“It’s just a nick,” he said while doctors stitched
my leg, my foot, my eye. I toughed it out.
Later, I thought I should have been so angry—
how could he have asked so much of his child?
Only now I realize just how much tougher
I should have been: all those nights he sat
in darkness, weathered hands clasping his
squared-off Chivas glass, the tinkle of ice the
only sound in his world. Why wasn’t I strong enough
to sit beside him? To ask questions about his ghosts,
those specters he could never shake off.

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About the Poet
Gail Braune Comoratis work has appeared in Delaware Beach Life and The Broadkill Review.  In 2006, she was chosen to attend the Delaware Division of the Artís annual Writersí retreat.  A founding member of Rehoboth Beach Writersí Guild, she leads both children and adults in Free Writes throughout the year.
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