Gold Star Mother on Our Street, 1944

John Solensten

That face—a stone, a flint in eye—
briefly posed (again)
at the window
where the gold star tapestry 
(with its border
red as boy blood)
I thought
in passing by her house 
she might spark, ignite
that tapestry, that curtain, the window
with her anger, her grief
as she touched it,
as she looked out on the street and the town
each morning
demanding, demanding
something back.


John Solensten has published novels, short fiction, plays, and many poems. “Gold Star Mother On Our Street, 1944” is based on his experience growing up in a small Minnesota town during WWII, seeing gold stars in many windows.