My uncle came here with his father –
a quarter of a century before
the National War Memorial of an ally country.
every day at sundown ceremony –
simple and moving,
spiritual he said, hairs on the back of the neck.
Late afternoon, the bus driver announces
another coach has mechanical issues –
we will divert into the nation’s capital
and transfer the stranded passengers.
“Sorry about that – 75-minute layover necessary
refuelling and statutory meal break.”
I’d never been there – grab takeaway coffee and sandwich
and walked – no plan
internal compass spins on a meridian
to the National War Memorial and eventide ceremony –
moving – hairs on the back of the neck.
The next morning my father called
telling me my uncle had died the day before.