We Told Him We Would Hold Him Forever


some men never wore
uniforms; keep them offshore


shackled to an I-bolt in the floor,
to a different kind of war


he offered to make toilet rounds
so he might see his brother. oh, what a spring


it is, said his brother when he found him.
I can’t tell you, he said, how beautiful


that line of poetry is
in the original.

Rachel Zucker's latest book, Museum of Accidents, is forthcoming from Wave Books. Language in this poem was taken from the "Habeas Schmabeas" episode of This American Life, 2006.