Sentinels in tears .....a poem

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Our country is becoming something
we do not recognize
We see it every day in the souls of
our soldiers eye's

How dare you desecrate my flag
my home my country my past
When I give you everything I've ever known
my first day .....my last

You were proud of me once I saw
that in your eyes I tasted your tears
Now ....now though it's slipping away soon
lost in ensuing years

Wasn't I the patriot ....did I not give enough
have I done something wrong
You sent me away with packages in
in red white and blue and song

"I don't understand you anymore" she screams
well I don't understand too
I've seen things you don't want
to know ......done what you wouldn't want to do

Forgive me my anger ....I'll forgive you
my nightmares
Forgive me my tears.....I'll forgive you
your pitiful stares

We can do this together we can overcome
this plague
We must remember who we were once our
image grows vague

"We were soldier once and young "isn't
just the name if a movie show
It IS who we were then.......
just want you to know

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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

A poignant piece exploring an aspect of the returned soldier, when public perceptions have changed, and there seems no thought for the patriot. War, never wanted, is an unfortunate part of world politics. Well penned Ed.


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Tony , thank you kind sir ! I never have been to war yet come from a family of soldiers ! They impress me more in HOW they have acclimated [or not ] to life after war ......nice to share !.....Ed


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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

great poem Ed..


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Michael , thank you my friend !.....:-}


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

chills and goosebumps, Cowboy! I was just talking about this very sad decline and lack of respect for the country and the men/women who fight for it.

i believe that during this conversation i might have said that i believe the powers that be would just prefer they ALL died over there.

less bother, doncha know..

sigh..

sharing...for whatever good it will do..

love youxx


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Leslie , I believe that it will all be okay , at the worse we will call on them once more to perhaps straighten out our own house , and you and I will have to join them ! teaching our children once again the meaning of freedom from tyranny ! America Incorporated must be taught another lesson !....Ah lets hope not sweet lady ! In the mean time you and I know ! Luv ya too !


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

God Bless our soldiers!


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

God bless you Nikki !

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