February 4th

We sit side by side

Zooming through the slippery air,

Strangers—friends for now.


I never knew his name as we sat together side-by-side, smiling, laughing and telling stories. I’ll probably never see him again. What does a chance encounter like the one that occurs thousands of times a day above 30,000 feet mean?


February 5th

Battlefields now cold

Sunshine brightens lonely graves.

Was anything won?


I walked on the battlefield at Averasboro, NC today. It is where the second to the last battle of the civil war took place. In the sunny fields and woods I imagined desperate soldiers fighting, wounding; doctors struggling to save, severing limbs too injured to save; boys just barley big enough to shoulder muskets full of hunger, fear and pride. How did men in this in-between place decide for whom they would fight? Brothers, sometimes on opposite sides, wondering if it was their actual brother they had just felled. But aren’t we all brothers? For what would I kill?

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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