In a previous post I did some research about my uncle who died in WWII. I didn't see the comments until today.
"Your uncle, James J. Brennan was assigned to the 546th Squadron on
Station 106 Special Order# 140, dated 17 July 1944. He was assigned as a
Ball Turret Gunner on the LT Earnest E. Hanlon Crew, Crew# 23."
The Death of Ball Turret Gunner
From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.
For Wang Zen
I, the combination of fire and wood
It is my fate that I get burned,
yet it is my desire still being alive
Sleeping in the morning rain
The little green sprout of my heart
Breath of spring wind
Praying by your ritual flame
It creates energy and destroys me into carbon
It is my being
You are straight as stubborn me
Tolerating my disobedience
It is you, my being
Live wrong, dying away any way
Now is the time of departing
Shall I rupture me?
Shall I be back, or upon the burning logs?
Leaving our souls holding hands.