Anna Yanni was born 22 days after my father in 1931.
She never had a Christmas morning where-as the only child
The room would be full of gifts for the gift.
She never played in the yard or worked in her grandfather’s garden.
She didn’t go to school.
Never acted in the high school production of Best Foot Forward,
Never went to art school-never drew a thing.
Didn’t spend 18 years in the Army Reserves
Pushing and being pushed.
Never laid a brick.
Didn’t marry, raise children,
Worry, love, be paralyzed by fear.
Be proud, prideful or exult.
Work, play, fish
Have friends, have family,
Watch the Steelers,
Live, love, laugh, drink,
Die at home.
Maybe that last. Probably.
For 16 days why even leave Heaven?
Who booked her on that cruise?
Who was little Anna sent to serve
Or to save?