Member Rara Avis
Delores, I really like the way you open the poem. It grabs the reader and brings them into the story, waiting to hear whaat you have to say. This stanza is very good,
"Brought him home in a box.
And we buried him that day.
Gave him a purple heart.
Put it in his room with the rest of his
It says a lot about the finality of the son's death and then when you say, "that's how it will stay" shows the mother's grief and how she wishes he were still there, keeping the room the same for him.
I'd work some on the meter since it's not as smooth as I think you could make it. But otherwise, very nice read. Thank you.