Issue 2
Ode to Grenade

Ode to Grenade

You can be tossed 30 meters
by average riflemen, I’m told.
It’s simple: pull the pin,
release the jungle clip, throw.

Your light sheet-metal body
is olive drab, lemon-shaped.
Total weight: 16 ounces.

A five-second delay
until the explosion
sends out your hot shards.

Many have been thrown.
Many still wait for the blast.
We carried four.

Originally published in the anthology
Poems for Peace…Poems for Justice
(Post Traumatic Press, 2015)