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by Mike Dillon

My father never talked

about the War.


Sometimes the steep silence

      of an abandoned well

      swallowed him


and his blue eyes stared off

      into nowhere’s



An hour after his funeral my mother

   said to me

      he cried just once

      in his sleep

      and not like a little boy, either.

About the Author

Mike Dillon lives in Indianola, Washington, a small town on Puget Sound northwest of Seattle. He is the author of four books of poetry and three books of haiku. Several of his haiku were included in "Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years," from W.W. Norton (2013). His most recent book, “Departures: Poetry and Prose on the Removal of Bainbridge Island’s Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor,” was published by Unsolicited Press in April 2019.

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