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No Man's Land
by Joe Catalano
Inspired by “Momma Look Sharp” from the score of 1776, a musical by Peter Stone
Every wounded soldier in No Man’s Land,
between was and will be.
Not afraid of dying, but terrified
waiting for a bullet that doesn’t kill him,
and the ones after that.
Until dying, with his eyes wide open
Looking for his momma,
to close his eyes and
bury him in the meadow.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joe Catalano practiced law for more than 30 years before he retired in 2018. He has since pursued his interests in photography, high performance driving, travel and writing. He enjoyed his first OLLI as SF State courses in the spring semester 2019 and thanks the members of the OLLI at SF State Poetry Writing interest group for their input and support. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Joan.
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