The Broken Forests of the Ardenne......

Scattered among memories
of lost values and broken rhymes
Fast forward the hands of the clock
through the misty pages of time

An open box of medals on the table
what is this one dad?
"purple heart".............. and this one ?
"that's a Bronze star" ....... I had

My father never cared about the medals
and now I know why
He never told me though............
just a silent reply

Golden metal.......sun at dusk on the Ardennes
pine trees and death
Or bronze ........they empty brass laying around bodies
length by width

It was the colors that reminded him
of death and destruction
Like the red on the ribbons.......just more blood
in memory's reconstruction

Perhaps the one that remains unwritten
the highest......hardest hurdle.......
The open wounds of the ribbon of heart
a heart painted in purple

Purple hearts in the Ardenne's
bronze stars in the fear filled night
Don't worry my Father .......your gone
but your honors alright

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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

You have done your father and many other soldiers proud. I think those of us who never went to war, who never had to fight, forget just what the ribbons and metals meant, what memories they carry for those who did fight. Thank you for writing this. Theresa


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Sonya L Morley 4 years ago from Edinburgh

I like this, very interesting and beautiful.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

So poignant. Sigh.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

War is such a waste of the time and the blood of the sodiers (men and women) and the innocent civilians caught in the middle. It is understandable that veterans are reluctant to speak of it.

Yet the medals they won are there, our pride and curiosity remain.

Good Hub ahorseback! U!p


Daddysgirl 4 years ago

Awesome dad! Grandpa was never one to brag! God rest his soul! He is my hero and gave me my greatest gift in life ...you!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Phdast , thank you dear lady ! Thats right we HAVE to remember our vets !....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Sonya Morley thank you ! For reading this and understanding the plight of the vets!....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Nellieanna , dear ! You we know , are ever vigilant of our veterans !.....Thank you


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Xstatic , you are right my friend , we know too well the costs are to them and they are all victims , soldier , and civilian , our leaders should HAVE to serve .......!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Daddysgirl, Grampa'sgirl, my girl....oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoDad!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I had a great-uncle in this battle. I have had many relatives in the Military and my husband was four tours in Vietnam. He has silver stars, bronze stars, and purple hearts. He never talks about them with his children. I know about them because I have asked but he doesn't share with his children.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Becky Katz , You are blessed with a patriot as a husband , And he sounds blessed to have an understanding wife and children ! One day he will tell them if they show interest ...and thats okay. For now it sounds like you and he protect your kids from some pretty real stuff . The viet nam guys [and girls] are the least appreciated by our culture. So Unfair !Give him your hubber friends best wishes ! And thank you.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Just stopped by to read it again and it is still a great poem. SHARING


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

An amazing , powerful tribute, ahorseback. Such a powerful counterpoint to the glorification of war. And thank you phdast7, for sharing this.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

UnnamedHarald , So many patriots , so much sacrifice !

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