Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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Where There’s Smoke There's Breakfast

The morning Edgar reported for active duty,
Pauline fixed a lopsided tower
of fluffy eggs in a skillet on his stovetop
lit beneath by the fickle lick of newsprint and twigs
before the pilot light snapped out—.
He’d gathered this firewood last night
then rolled filmy paper

into diminishing smoke rings.

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  Catching the Send-Off Train:
  Platform
Telephone Operator
Justice of the Peace
Where There’s Smoke
  
There’s Breakfast
Life Line
Floating
Charlie
Fragments, Sent
Red, White, Green
Pauline to Edgar
I’m not saying it’s the same.
Taking off His Ring, Part One
Edgar to Pauline
Tattered Mosaic
And Sometimes a Boy Needs
  a Father
Edgar
Taking off His Ring, Part Two
Charlie: Settling In
Thirty years
Charlie: Settling In, Part Two
Platform: Traveling Back