Here We Lie In Rows

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Here We Lie In Rows


Strewn among the sun bleached shores

Among monuments and waving flags

A foreign land supports our stones

Crisp silence now is ours

Our future’s what we sold

Both men and women

Oh, so ever bold

Their time is stopped

Their goodbyes were never told

Ribbons decorate our thoughts

Bits of colored cloth

In the bottom drawers at home

The master or mistress of the house

Bankrupt of time

Their today not reached

Along the paths of grassy knolls

Here we lie in Rows

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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Fitting words and thoughts on this Memorial Day. Well done Abe's well said.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Mike, this is a wonderful tribute to our veterans and those who sacrificed their lives for us. There's sadness in those left behind, but also courage and pride.

I thank you, my dear veteran friend. I thank my father, my step-father, my uncles and everyone else who chose fighting for freedom as their Earthly calling.

God bless you all!

Forever grateful,

Sha


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Beautifully said and wonderful sentiments.


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anndavis25 2 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

I love this Mike. So moved me.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

How fitting on this memorial day very beautiful.

Voted up, Awesome, Beautiful, interesting and shared.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Oh, Mck, this is so sad! Being an outsider I am not always able to see the sense in America's continuous involvement in wars outside their boundaries. Sometimes I see it as your government's creation of employment. "Keep the young men busy, because we don't have anything else for them to do," kind of attitude. Although I try to understand that they are actually trying to prevent international disasters. But to see so many brave young men sacrificing their lives, not only for their motherland, but for the entire Western world, makes me blind and deaf with sadness. I take my hat off for the young and old soldiers of America.

And there they lie in rows!!!!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello suzettenaples thank you for spending a moment with me this Memorial Day.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello bravewarrior it sounds like you stem from a proud military family. Thank you for visiting this short poem this afternoon.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky and thanks. You are a proud military family. I hope you enjoyed the holiday today.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello anndavis25 how kind you are. Thank you.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Shyron E Shenko your visit is very much appreciated. This is a short poem written this afternoon. Thanks for taking time to read it.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello MartieCoetser, there is no understanding the activies of the governments of the world. A general madness seems to prevail. The most fit and strongest are skimmed from the top and often wasted.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

A beautiful tribute to our fallen men and women. This is a day of remembrance and you did it so well. I especially liked the line, ' Ribbons decorate our thoughts. ' Tweeted to share with others this memorial day.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Mike, I have Air Force blood in me. My father is a retired USAF fighter pilot. He flew in Nam and retired as a Major.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Ruby. Nice to see you. Thanks for the Tweet. Hope you had a BBQ.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Shauna. Here we were Army, Navy and Marine. No one smart enough to get with a group that flew everywhere. I walked. lol


kimmie 2 years ago

Dear Mike such a somber reality of war and those who lost their lives. Thank you for honoring our fallen. God bless you.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Kimmie and thank you. I just read your One Old Veteran's Daughter by Guest Author, Kim Kruise Thompson found here. http://www.flashnee.com/to-honor-them It is a very nice tribute.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Mike,

I feel Dusty's nod of approval at this powerful, visual piece of artistry. Your poetry tugs at my heart.

Hoping you had a peaceful and relaxing Memorial Day. Hugs, Maria


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Mar. Funny you mention Dusty, I thought a lot about him this weekend. The weekend here was quiet but not relaxing. Chores and more chores. Thanks for the visit.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Mike,

This poem was so powerful and poignant, as well as a tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by so many.

The comments were also heartfelt.

Memorial Day is always bittersweet for veterans and their families-- including those who have lost a loved one, or who have been disabled, or have survived but are forever changed by what they've experienced.

Thank you for your service and for writing poetry like this that gives us a small glimpse into the sacrifices.

Yes, especially on Memorial and Veterans Day, uniforms, medals and ribbons are in plain view, but they are small solice to those who have sacrificed so much for country and loved ones.

Hugs,

Gail


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Our small community had its annual parade to honor the fallen today with a special ceremony.

You wrote a beautiful piece here for Memorial Day.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Gail. It is easy for me to get into a mood on days like today. Many brave men and women gave their all and we are here to honor them. So many served and the cost for many is great. Thank you for your kind words. As for the poetry, the last line came to me as I lay down for a nap. I tried to make it go away, but the next to the last line formed and my nap was out the window. I hope you and your had a great day.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Mary. What a nice surprise. The piece came to me in a quick hurry and the timing was such that I just published on the fly. I am glad your community celebrate and you were able to enjoy some time out watching a parade. Very nice of you to stop by today.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

A wonderful tribute to all the fallen young men and women and lives wasted. Hope you had a wonderful day.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you Jodah, very nice of you to stop by.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Mike, we enjoyed sitting on our back porch, barbecuing, and enjoying the beautiful weather here. No humidity and lots of sunshine. The dogs were running around their four acre yard and had a ball. We had fun watching them play and visiting with friends.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Mike, I loved this powerful and moving tribute to the fallen. It paints a clear and vivid picture of their sacrifice. Rightly fitting for this beautiful Memorial Day.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Becky - It sure sounds like you are settling in. I hope that 4 acres has a tree for those dogs to lay under in the coming months. I think you all are going to really like the new area.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning and hello Peg. This was a very quick poem. It just would not leave me alone yesterday mid-morning. Hope you had a peaceful holiday.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Those are the best kind of writing experiences, Mike, when you know your hand is guided. We had a really quiet holiday, just watching a bit of TV and relaxing. We did the lawn mowing on Friday before it rained, so that was done. No grilling out this year for me with the wind and sprinkles. I cooked the burgers inside. Sure liked that beautiful card I got recently. Thank you. Hope you and yours are well.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Here was BBQ steak and some fish for the guy with the weak heart. TMC showed old war movies. I think I have broken the spell cast on me regarding painting everything in sight. Regarding the poem, the last line came first, then the second to last: so some spirit has a sense of humor.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

So sad that so many young souls have died to keep us free, but there's always a new tyranny just over the horizon, so there will always be rows upon rows.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Will, I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. I appreciate the visit here this morning. Your statement is sad but carrys some truth to it.


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kallini2010 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

It's very powerful imagery, Mike, yet as usual it leaves more to imagination of a reader and sends him on a particular train of thought, very different for each person.

Where it sent me - futility of war and human existence, evanescence of common sense and questioning the sanity of the living.

If war cannot be won, if war leaves behind nothing but dead, orphans, widows and destruction - and plants seeds of a new war, why do we keep doing it?

We, the living, may as well lie in rows - rows of living dead, dead souls that never ever attempt to make a difference.

(Apart from my talking, I am in that living dead crowd).

More wars are to come.

More wars are to come.

More wars are to come.

We choose not to see.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Mike. I loved this poignant and very timely poem in tribute to the many that have fallen in war.

“Their goodbyes were never told…”

The words are simple, yet the meaning is so profound. Someday (and I don’t think I will live to see it, but I hope my grandchildren will), the world may cease to be at times so collectively sick as to cause the deaths of so many men and women. We watched a series on the Smithsonian channel about World War II on Sunday. (70 million people lost their lives; half were serving in the military around the world; the other half were civilians.) Gail said it so well; Memorial Day is a bittersweet day.

Those ribbons and bits of “colored cloth that decorate our thoughts,” in drawers or in frames, in memory for those who we have lost brings tears – and prayers. Voted way up and more, and shared.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Svetlana. In America a war machine was built in the late 30’s and skyrocketed in the 40’s. The cold war saw the growth of multinational war machines. Some think those war machines are the economy.

Without disparaging any army, marine, navy or air force personnel the war machine seems to be running amok.

The easiest portion of your comment to address is the futility of human existence. In your case I can sum that up briefly, in just a few words in fact: Daniel, dance, and red dresses. The mirco answers often trump the marco confusion we all share.

Collectively, we wade through so much noise. Once a continent size glacier slams into Washington State much of that noise will vanish, along with a political party and new directions will prevail.

Sorry to rant. Yes, there will be more wars; until we cease to trade our sons and daughters for slogans.

And lastly it is just a poem.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Genna. Memorial Day weighs heavy on our military families around the world. No question regarding their loyalty, courage and hardships. That 70 million were lost to the last great conflict involving ideology is a heart sinking number. It is that very efficient war machine that should have been dismantled after the surrender of the Japanese as the Germans had surrendered. We honor the dead and those that served which is only right.

The warrior myth is ingrained in every culture. It has been refined now to such a technological edge that much of the glory has faded.

I hope you enjoyed your time off. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Well said! A sad and poignant poem for Memorial Day. While I realize that Memorial day is for those we have lost, I too, want to thank you and the many including my father (WWII), my grandfther (WWI), my uncles and friends for insuring our freedom!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello btrbell thanks for the visit this morning, nice to see you. I also thank your dad and grandfather and the uncles.


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savvydating 2 years ago

What a lovely memorial to our men in uniform who willingly died that we might have freedom. I just love this touching piece.

I once had the good fortune to know a man who experienced the Bataan Death March. I learned from his daughter that because he was small and dark, he didn't get beat up quite as much as the tall, white guys. Consequently, he was able to reserve his strength a bit to escape to another region where he could get medicine for his fellow POW's. He did this repeatedly. He never once thought of escaping altogether, and he had the chance. But time and time again, he came back to help his buddies.

My point is that these men who suffered so greatly had the kind of character that most of us only dream about. Anyway, this man never talked much about his activity. It was his daughter who had to research all of this. The good news is that he made it out alive and he was the most engaging and lively man you could ever meet. I know... I met him and he was the most refreshing personality I've ever had the pleasure of breaking bread with.

Up & awesome.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

There is no doubt that in desperate situations men can do heroic acts, brave acts, unselfish acts. This to me confirms what I have believed for a long time. That is that once the bullets start flying the men in uniform are no longer fighting for any ideology but they are fighting for their fellow soldier. Your example verifies this notation. The man had opportunities to save himself yet again and again risked his neck to help those less capable. His actions were not for a country or a ribbon, they were to help his fellow man. Many that came back from WWII had seen so much that the stress of ordinary life did not weigh as heavy as it does on those that only know the crummy boss, lack of cash, etc.

Thank you for the visit today, very much appreciated.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful tribute to all soldiers. We must never forget and honor them always.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Gypsy Rose. Thank you for the visit.


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Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

Life goes on and and gets forgotten, and sometimes it takes Memorial Day for folks to stop and remember the fallen as people, as well as heroes and heroines.

Captain Mike, I've meet and gotten to know a lot of folks on HP, who are wonderful and unique, but no one reminds as much as you do, Sir, of R.E. Lee.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Holy Smoke, I got a promotion. Good to see you Alastar. I hope all is well with you.


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Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

Well,Mike, the recent Panda update has slaughtered my pitiable 30-something hubs, largely due to content thieves it appears, but, the blogs are going gang-buster thank goodness. Would you be interested in something called Dim the Lights! in the near future? Your my first choice as a publisher and if so the e-mail is daneman100@gmail.com, anytime, anytime at all, Mike.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Sure thing. I can help.


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Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

You've got it. Let's correspond at your convenience..


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

This poem is quite appropriate for Memorial Day.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America

Beautiful!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you SweetiePie very nice of you to stop by.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you moonlake very nice of you to stop by.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

As so many others have said, this is a lovely tribute to our fallen men and women. Awesome


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Pamela. Sorry for the delay in saying thank you. It has been a busy week, I was away from the computer all of Monday and a large part of Tuesday. I appreciate your visit.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

Like an arrow straight to the heart. Every word was beautiful.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Dim. Good to see you. The young and brave pay a very high price for our adventures overseas. Hope all is well.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Good morning mckbbks. I appreciate your sentiment in this somber poem. The sense of loss is palpable. I wish it weren't true.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane. Yes, we send the best and the brightest off to die. I often think it is so the weak can rule. Great to see you, thanks for swinging by this morning - hope all is well with you.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Hello there, I've been reading war stories lately, something I wouldn't, or couldn't do in the past. It is tough to get through, but there is no way around it. It is our heritage. And we wonder why people get depressed...


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi snakeslane - the history of civilization is filled, page after page with war; someone always wanted to conquer someone else. In today's world it seems out of place to pursue war - other than it feeds a large war industry.

Odd subject for you to persue.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

OK, if this is where the gang is gathering...odd place but I miss everyone and I really miss Mike's writing, just sayin...

I brought a thermos, a box of croissants and some berries...Happy Sunday.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Mar. I brought a blanket, some glasses and an appetite. I do not seem to be in story writing mode. I will have to push myself.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Mike, please don't push yourself...enjoy your friends here and some good, peaceful relaxing conversation and food. Who knows what thoughts may strike your creative mind then...?


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi mar - that sounds nice, relaxing conversation and food.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi everyone....

Just stopping in to say that I hoped everyone enjoyed their weekend, and that my fellow Yanks had a Happy 4th of July. We were rained out, but had a very pleasant time, nonetheless. :-)


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Genna - what a nice surprise. Nice to know you had a pleasant time for the holiday, rain or no rain. Here they are mouning about our drought, our rain is being enjoyed elsewhere. Looking forward to your next installment.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Thank you, Mike. I appreciate your comment. I’m afraid it’s going to be awhile for the next installment. I ran into a bit of a hurdle with my antagonist. There are two remaining segments to the story, which has been fully written, that require more research, and these have become major stumbling blocks I didn’t’ anticipate. (I also came up with an alternate ending.) I don’t want to ask readers to re-read preceding chapters over an extend period of time. So I have decided not to publish the remaining story until these details have been ironed out, and then publish them in installments, a couple of days apart. I hope you are enjoying your weekend, my friend! :-)


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Hi mckbbks and company, I want croissants, and wondering what's in the thermos, all in Mar's magic lunch box. No rain here, sun, sun, sun, (til my daddy took the T-Bird awaay...)! Oops, I shall have to claim poetic licence

(again!) on that ripped off Beach Boys song lyric...


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Genna. You are much more thorough with your story than I am. I write an episode and hope the next part of the story materializes. Your way is much better, more planned and better executed. I think you will iron out the kinks and your readership will be here when you are ready. Take your time.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane, what a nice surprise. Now you have me nostaglic for the Beach Boys and that whole scene man! What good vibrations that was. Hope all is well and that your garden is giving you rewards.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Good Morning, Ya'll,

Greeting on this overcast Monday which is promising rains and thunderstorms through the day...

snakeslane, my thermos is huge and magical. It has whatever beverage you may be having a hankering for...this morning some delicious coffee and how wonderful, some freshly baked (Rose is importing!) danish and strawberries for us all too...

Genna, I agree that you story will be worth the wait...as will Mike's! Our Ruby has been missing you too in her poetic way, if you check out her latest poetry...

Have a peaceful day and hugs to all, mar


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I came back to read this again. Mike i wish you could feel how much i miss reading your work, whether it's poetry or a story, you're one of the best. I know Blubbews is a place to make money, but they don't care, they just click-click for pay. The people care nothing about the quality of a piece. Come backkkkk little Sheba. We all miss you. Your friend, Ruby


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Mike…

You publish wonderful segments to your stories timely, every week, like clockwork. :-) I wish I could do that, but I was out to 10-14 days. Have a great week, everyone! :-)


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Uh, PS.............Mike ain't even bubblin' dear Sista, now you keep clicking those RUBY slippers together and say "there's nobody who can write like Friedman...there's nobody who can write like Friedman...well, ya'll get the idea, right??!!"


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

I concur :)


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning mar. Great to see you here. Looks like the whole gang showed up. Happy Monday. It is going to be in the 90's today.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Ruby - I have a story bouncing around inside my head. I even have a few hundred words written and a bunch of scribbled notes but it just does not look like soup to me. I thank you for your kind words and will see if I can find a creative thread.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Genna. You have mentioned you are researching some point in your story, if there is anything I can do to help let me know. The foundation you have built is very strong. Thank you for your kind words.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Careful mar, you might end up in Kansas. Thank you very much, I think I have received the message. Guess I will brush the horse and hook it up to the medicine wagon.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning snakeslane. I wonder if mar has enough coffee for everyone. I am going to fire up the waffle iron and make waffles for everyone to start their Monday's off right.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning everyone. You have made my day.


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snakeslane 2 years ago from Canada

Yes please! Off to work, heigh ho, heigh ho...


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

snakeslane, enjoy your day.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Thank you, Mike, for that kind offer. The details involve particle physics, chemistry, and FBI procedure in a specific “what-if” situation. Chapters 3, 5 and 7 -- all prime numbers. Isn’t that odd? I think I have the chemistry down. It’s just the last two that my research has hit a bit of a wall, but I’m determined to find this out. Keep your fingers crossed. :-) And I LOVE your new Quinn mystery.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you. I will not be any use to you in the particle physics department. I sat in a college chemistry class for four hours and dropped, I would have had a better chance at passing French. We all look forward to your series continuing, take your time and get it right to suit you. You write great and if you are satified, the rest of us will be blown away.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

As far as the FBI procedure you might move back a step and search for police procedure, criminal procedure. I am guessing the procedures are formed in a ripple fashion and one bureacracy borrows from the next.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Ya'll are not gonna believe this but I took a quantum leap, twisted some muscles and ended up in 'Kansas' of all places...??

That'll teach me...but I blinked my eyes "Jeannie-style" and found a fabulous story from Mr. Friedman when I got back and the promise of more to come from Lady Genna's pen...so all is well after all.

And look here, my thermos is totally refilled with fresh java...and I found the most delectable corn muffins in Kansas with fresh melon!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning mar. Those are some fabulous magic slippers. The java, corn muffins and fresh melon are timey and appreciated this fine Sunday morning.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

What heartfelt words you have shared here in your excellent poem. Just this night I am thinking of my dad, as my brother, just this afternoon, sent me a photo of his and my mother's gravesite with new flowers, as they were finally able to get the bronze vase to be installed to put flowers. They are buried at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

I am trying to catch up reading here, and so glad I found this touching tribute.

Voted Up +++ and more and away

Blessings always


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Faith Reaper. So nice to see you. I am sorry for your loss. So many have served the needs of their country. I appreciate the visit and wish you well and good luck with trying to catch up.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

This is a beautiful poem. As a child l used to feel confused about my grandfather losing one leg and one eye but he had a medal.

I wanted him to have his eye and his leg exchanged for the medal.

Strange the way children see things sometimes. Sad that young men are still giving up their lives for their country. I must say again,.... Really beautiful poem.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Dim. Thank you very much. More and more people are deciding not to give up their sons and daughters to fight questionable battles for questionable reasons.


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frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America

Beautifully expressed, filled with heartfelt emotion! Your line, "Our future's what we sold" just says it ALL.

So real, so sad, a truth so deserving of thankfulness for every soldier who served!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello frogyfish, Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. The soldiers pay, they always pay.


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Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton

you know the title alone shook me here we lie in rows.. dramatic.. and the poem wonderfully expressed :)


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AudreyHowitt 17 months ago from California

Such a poignant write Mike--the vision is clear, the emotion, palpable--


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mckbirdbks 17 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Frank - All these how served recieved a check made out to glory. But that is hard to cash. Thanks for the visit today.


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mckbirdbks 17 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Audrey, thank you. Very nice of you to say. This piece must of somehow popped up on the radar screen.


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Victoria Lynn 17 months ago from Arkansas, USA

I really love this. Such a sad tone. Very moving.


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mckbirdbks 17 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you Victoria, very kind of you to visit.


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marcoujor 17 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

I found myself coming back to appreciate your writing, dear Mike

...and to remember those who have protected us so valiantly - sharing so others will do the same.


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mckbirdbks 17 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thanks mar. I appreciate the visit. It is a surprise, I think Frank's comment somehow brought this old post back into focus.


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ocfireflies 14 months ago from North Carolina

Such a powerful write. Thank You.

Kim


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mckbirdbks 14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you Kim. I appreciate your kind words.


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Sunshine625 14 months ago from Orlando, FL

Awesome tribute, Mike. I salute you!


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mckbirdbks 14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Linda. Happy Friday! Thanks for the visit today.


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Deborah Demander 10 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

That was heart wrenchingly powerful.

Thank you


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Deborah Demander. Thank you for stopping by. That was very kind of you to say.


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marcoujor 6 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

The season and your FB anniversary post drew me back to this haunting and powerful poem.

Wishing you a peaceful Memorial day weekend, dear Mike.


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mckbirdbks 6 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar - I guess the timing is right for the FB reminder. I just read through the comments. It is so encouraging to me. It may get the writing engine started again. The well of inspiration seems to be wanting. Thanks for the visit and reminder of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

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