1985 [ The Navy | Two Navy Men ]


I called & woke Dad,
told him through
his astonishment
I had joined the Navy
would be a Sailor, too —
as he had been once.


It was unlike me:
in high school & college,
(after the Vietnam War debacle),
I’d scoffed at joining the service.

I told friends
in Air Force ROTC
the military wasn’t for me.

I’d be a Navy man.

Mom asked me
why I wasn’t an officer.
I hadn’t tested well,
needed a job, so enlisted.

Despite excellent
performance evaluations
& encouragement in applying
for officer programs,
I saw honor in being
an enlisted Sailor,
as Dad had been.

I served proudly,
loved & hated the Navy.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo ~ 2013 | My Day 14
April 22, 2013

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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