Stella remembers when
the Zeros flew thru her backyard
and she saw Pearl Harbor in flames,
blue bodies bouncing on the waves.
Afterward, welders melted
the steel of capsized destroyers
hoping to rescue any
upside down survivors.
Her Billy drafted six months before
would fly Wildcats in the Marshall Islands
and in the Coral Seas never losing a gunner.
At Midway he launched from the Enterprise,
into a fury of collapsing sea foam and mist
part of the 233 fighter planes of
the sleeping giant squadron
filed with a terrible resolve.
The Zero bullets ricocheted
around the open back cabin
and Billy heard the loud groan
and Mike fall asleep as he
flew on through the fog
of exploding red mushrooms.
He returned safely home to Stella
wrapped in metals and the flag.
She knew from that day that
Zeros would darken her every sky.