Recent Work By Ben Nadler

The Parade

By Ben Nadler

Poem

I

I spent Veterans Day on my couch
watching a video about Jacob

on the New York Times website.
The topic was suicide in the military.

Jacky was the poster boy, they showed
videos of him singing sad songs

in his tent in Iraq. He’d been called up
from Individual Ready Reserve, sent over

to guard oil trucks on the highway.