Many, the soldiers son......

His Father rolled his eye's and spoke slowly
"If I didn't know you better
I'd swear your heart was broken at birth "

And he could only stare blankly at him with
no explaination of worth

Yet he was thinking ....but aren't I your son
and didn't I learn from you?

Don't we have the same color hair....
the same build .......the size of shoe

When his Father spoke again it
was in anger

"Why have you chosen to do this ?
in being a warrior there's such danger"

" But father ...you were a warrior and what of
those ribbons in a box neath your bed?"

"Yes son ....I went to fight a war so that
you wouldn't end up as dead"

The boy stared at his shoes as his mother
cried his Father turned away"

Only to shake his sons hand
with no more words ....no more to say.

Now his Father stands by a grave
and thinks of all else he could have done

And screams towards the sky ,"Why Lord......
why did you take my son"







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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Wow Ed, this is so powerful and emotional! I remember my brother being overseas and cringing everytime the phone rang. It's such a bittersweet feeling; you have pride in the fact that your loved one is brave and courageous and fighting for our country, but terrified they won't come home.

Doesn't a parent always want a better life for their child? Wouldn't it be something if our father's fought in wars so that we wouldn't have to? This is so touching Ed, I have all I can do not to cry! I want this printed and framed!!!

Beautiful!!!

Cat


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

So touching, Ed.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Oops - I seem to have posted that twice. But it's worth two comments of praise!


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very well done. This will stay with me.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Such a hard position to find yourself. Great write Ed.


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

Awww :(


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

So moving and poignant. A beautiful tribute to all who have lost loved ones.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Hey Cat ! I was thinking back to a day of my Father and my brother who was all dressd up in his Marine corp unfom on i wa to Viet -Nam, he camehoe a well , although deeply wounded inside !....Thank you and thank your brother for Us all !......The framed poem is yours to keep !


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Ed,

I can't imagine how strong a memory that must be... and how worried you must've been; what a hero! I'm glad he made it home and Vietnam was emotionally draining and probably psychologically damaging for many of those brave soldiers over there. I will pass the love along, thanks! I'll be buying a frame this weekend! :-)

Cat


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh My so sad .. but so true.. this happens all the time.. I love your poem it made me cry.. many blessings to you

debbie

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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Very heart touching yet reality many a time we have to face. Well done friend. Shared and voted up beautiful.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. Powerfully emotional and touching. A cry that unfortunately happens much too often in this world.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Like minds...


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

wow...

just wow, my friend - this is moving beyond words - i swear i was sitting on the edge of my seat - and yet - still leaning forward!

Your writing is incredible, Cowboy - you have a true gift and - i am lucky to be allowed to unwrap it now and again!

up and on!


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Thank you Nellieanna !.........It means so much to hear from U.........:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Eric , as you were a soldiers son , or at least a soldier !....lol....Have I ever said thank you for your service?.....ed


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Oh Debbie now ,no crying ..........:-} Thank you !


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Thanks a bunch Nikki........:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Blossom thank you so much ..........:-}


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Thank you ALL SO MUCH ! I'm trying to catch up ! Really I am !...........Ed

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