Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Burning My Draft Card, 1996

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Burning My Draft Card, 1996

Article excerpt

Before I strike a match to this flimsy paper

I meant to burn back in the winter of '73

but stuck in Paradise as a bookmark

and lost until this morning when it fell out,

I'd like to say: God bless that "mike mcfee,"

his artsy lower-case fountain-pen cursive

swirling across the bottom of this draft card.

God bless his young Blue eyes before glasses,

his once-Brown hair, yearning for the shoulders,

his impossibly light weight of 152 pounds.

God bless Random Sequence Number 095,

which inspired him to apply for C.O. status

and write a pious Statement for the local board.

God bless that committee, which voted him 1-0

since the draft and war were ending anyway,

not because he'd won them over to pacifism.

God bless the schoolmarm hand of Doris S. Rice,

whose Authorized Signature on SSS Form 7

made his conscientious objection legal.

God bless his parents, who made all this possible,

especially his father, the World War II veteran,

who couldn't believe it: a draft-dodging son. …

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