Frank V. Gardner
Poems of Frank V. Gardner
|1.||Body Man, a Special Breed||1/20/2005|
|2.||Chain of Thirty Three and Bracelet of Nine||1/9/2005|
|3.||Chain of Twenty Five||1/9/2005|
|4.||Come Home. Danny||1/8/2005|
|5.||Danny's Home Again||1/8/2005|
|6.||Do the Best You Can||1/2/2003|
|7.||Father I Hardly Knew||1/7/2005|
|8.||FBI Director Hoover - The Man||1/8/2005|
|9.||Gardner Seven Teens||1/9/2005|
|10.||Gerry's Paintings on the Wall||1/7/2005|
|12.||He Knows What He's Doing||1/20/2005|
|13.||Iambic Tetrameter and Me||1/6/2005|
|14.||Iwo Jima: Why and How||10/27/2006|
|15.||John Kennedy, Eternal Rest||1/2/2003|
|16.||Joseph Julian, Marine Corps Legend||1/21/2005|
|17.||Let Us Join the Town||1/8/2005|
|19.||Mother's Day with Microwave||1/18/2005|
|20.||Nancy's Life to Save||1/11/2005|
Iwo Jima: Why and How
Discussing the Pacific War, a student asked of me,
"Why take so small an island, isolated, far at sea? "
I told the class what we had done; it jogged my memory.
At home, I wrote that epic down in verse and poetry.
We had to capture Iwo Jima, killing most its men.
No other way could it be done, from landing to the end.
It's how I answer inquiries, some sixty years 'tis now;
And every time I speak of it, I'm wondered by the "how."