Aunt Margaret is Happy

Aunt Margaret is happy
In that photograph.
Sitting on the edge of a couch 
she is laughing, 
holding a pack of Marlboro’s
tucked in her left hand.

Vincent her handsome husband is smiling
seated on the floor nearby 
surrounded by his father and their friends.
All smiling. 
Big silly smiles.

It was before he went to war
and came back scarred,

he would wake screaming

in the night. Holding him tight, Margaret was scared,
Unable to help.

They were young lovers 
smiling and happy,
Until then.

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