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Volume 2, No. 1

Ode to Grenade

You can be tossed 30 meters
by average riflemen, I’m told.
It’s simple: pull the pin,
release the jungle clip, throw.

Your light sheet-metal body
is olive drab, lemon-shaped.
Total weight: 16 ounces.

A five-second delay
until the explosion
sends out your hot shards.

Many have been thrown.
Many still wait for the blast.
We carried four.


Originally published in the anthology Poems for Peace…Poems for Justice
(Post Traumatic Press, 2015)

Dayl Wise

Dayl Wise was drafted into the US Army in 1969 with service in Viet Nam and in Cambodia in 1970. He returned to Viet Nam in 1993, this time in the service of reconciliation, where he helped to deliver medical supplies. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of Poems and other stuff (Post Traumatic Press, 2004) and Basic Load (PTP, 2009).  He can be reached at and at