“The Pentagon has acknowledged that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld did not sign condolence letters to the families of soldiers killed in Iraq but instead used a signature machine.”
The Washington Post, December 19, 2004

D-o-n-a-l-d R-u-m-s-f-e-l-d
that’s 14 letters,
a lot to write,
takes effort
that upper case “R”
I mean
it’s not like writing an easy “L”
as in Lincoln.
He’d have to move his pen
go back up
make a loop
then move it
down again.
That takes work
and how much
can you ask
one man to give
up for his country?

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About Edwin Romond

Edwin Romond's most recent poetry collections are Dream Teaching
and Alone with Love Songs. He lives in Wind Gap, PA with his wife, Mary, and their son, Liam. His website is

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