"Am I hurting you?" says Eubie.
I shake my head, no,
for I've learned not to show pain.
At the school of dental hygiene
where Eubie got her diploma
they teach them not to be put off
by a wince or gathering tear
but to stay on the sensitive spot
and . [...]
All day we were training in dust.
At night we returned to barracks
worn out, too tired to say anything.
On weekends we travelled long distances
to Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio,
looking for excitement, walking up and down
with all the other enlist [...]
Taking off the old paint
layer by layer. . .
"Let Zip-Strip do the work."
It is also necessary to scrape.
No one driving by the house
on a quiet Saturday
would know that in the cellar,
machine guns, bangalore torpedoes
and eighty-eight millimeter [...]