cracks in the earth from their boots
while the sun above strips them clean.
broken; ground down to bare bones;
retreated from the thunder and the guns
as the clouds part for the sun.
at home, their wives keep their manners
inside for the children—daddy's a superhero
but not the kind in comic books.
they'll never know how he was wound up,
spring-loaded and stuffed into boxcars
to march two-three-four.