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Poetry: They called themselves "The Spookwaffe"

Hi Writers Forum:

Three poems by Marilyn Nelson are from the Louisiana State University Press" "The

Marilyn Nelson words are shaped by admiration, irony and humor. She's a poet who knew her subjects.

"The Germans learned to call them
Die Schwarzen Vogelmenschen.
They called themselves The Spookwaffe"

From "The Tuskegee Airfield: For the Tuskegee Airmen"

Nelson's second poem "Star-Fix: For Melvin M. Nelson, Captain USAF (ret.)

She describes the only Negro in a crew and the only black flyer on the base and the close friendships that transcended race but noted it.

Nelson writes:

" Smitty, who said once after a poker game, I love you, Nelson. I never thought I could love a colored man. When we get out of this manís Air Force, if you ever come down to Tuscaloosa, look me up and come to dinner. You can come in the front door, too; hell, you can stay overnight! Of course, as soon as you leave, Iíll have to burn down my house. Because if I donít my neighbors will."

Nelson's third poem, "Lonely Eagles:For Daniel "Chappie" James, General USAF and for the 332nd Fighter Group" is a beauty.

It's my favorite because Chappie was a close friend of my father's.

Please click on the link below to read Marilyn Nelson's poems.

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Poetry: They called themselves "The Spookwaffe"
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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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