A small packet
The forest blurred and his mind went quiet
in the sharp sun of an April afternoon,
lifeless in front of the television.
A straight line between one place and the next.
For company the hum of the interstate.
He waves or nods or smiles from time to time
reminding himself not to roll his eyes
his transition a permanent state.
People on their way from one place to the next.
He photographed the rubble and the ghosts
Across 3 miles of barren landscape
that separated him from town.
Sunrise on the porch of his trailer.
Knocks at a door, waving tree branches.
Saslow, Eli. “A veteran’s isolation: One man’s rough transition from war zone camaraderie to a civilian life full of solitude.” Chicago Tribune. 27 April 2014: 23.
Schmich, Mary. “‘Camera man’ finds beauty in Cabrini-Green.” Chicago Tribune. 27 April 2014: 3.
Create a 14-line sonnet sourced from lines from your newspaper that is divided according to the first five digits of the irrational number pi – that is, into stanzas of 3, 1, 4, 1 and 5 lines. As with the preceding sonnet assignment (see April 14) you may interpret “sonnet” as formally or as loosely as you wish.