MAINE SENIOR POET LAUREATE
Paul Averill Liebow

THOUGHT ON WATCHING
THE BANGOR TROOP GREETERS


Thank you for smiling eyes that roam
Back to your families huddled at home--
On strangers' cell phones your deepest fears
Well up in your star spangled tears.

Thank you for sliding sideways on ice,
Through the black nights of your Souls--
For patrolling through public squares
Where Bodies are smashed up fruits in bowls.

Thank you for diving through rings of fire
Without your face and half your brain.
Thank you for dancing on steel stilts
Through your phantom deserts of pain.

And thank you for loving your buddies
Even through your own thousand mile stare--
Though your sleep will be torn up forever--
Death screams reeling with rockets red glare.


Paul Averill Liebow
Bucksport, Maine
PAUL AVERILL LIEBOW, 62, Bucksport, a retired Emergency Physician, EMS Physician and environmentalist, had a successful heart transplant in 2008. Paul attended Harvard University and later was First Team Rugby player (with George W. Bush) at Yale. His sign is Sagittarius.