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MISSING
By Cynthia Cotten


My brother is a soldier

in a hot, dry,

sandy place.

He's missing -

missing things like

baseball, barbecues,

fishing, French fries,

chocolate sodas,

flame-red maple trees,

blue jays,

and snow.


I'm missing, too -

missing

his read-out-loud voice,

his super-special

banana pancakes,

his scuffed up shoes

by the back door,

his big-bear

good night

hug.


There are people

with guns

in that land of sand

who want to shoot

my brother.


I hope

they miss him,

too.



AMERICA AT WAR POEMS Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins Text copyright © 2008 Used with permission of Margaret K. McElderry, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.