The Naive Shore

The war is always far from the naive shore
But the horror remains for some at home
The faces of those who paid the price
Grace small mountain towns standing alone

Only quiet streets understand

Setting sail with sad winds at their face
No man can tell them of their fate
For it has already been cast before them
And now they live knowing it's too late

But honor lives forever

We can only fear each other
For what we know
Is what we are told to believe
But still I believe in you
Because you believe in me

What land can we discover now?
Who can we civilize while we kill their culture?
We can only turn on ourselves
Distant shores of honor no longer have a future

Only a past

He cannot remember a time when he could smile
He knows the things that is a death warrant to leak
It is unbearable to share time with those who do not care
The truth is a door that opens to those who dare to speak

If only they didn't bury the key

We only fear each other
For what we know
Is what we are told to believe
But still I believe in you
Because your eyes are all I can see

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Deep! There's so much to consider in these words, Mark. Wow. You have such a talent for zeroing in on meanings. Voting up+


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The Suburban Poet 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Nellieanna. I appreciate you so much. I know you have written some comments on my hubs recently that I've not responded to but please know that I read them and I feel your heart and sincereity in every one of them. This one is a bit inspired by something Mickey Dee wrote recently...


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Ah, well, I don't take offense if my comments don't get replies. That can happen for reasons. It's among the things for which I 'give benefit of the doubt', rather than feeling slighted.

I've not been in contact with Mickey Dee in awhile, though I respect him. He always has good ideas and opinions.

Hugs. Hope the floods aren't reaching you down there! We're getting plenty of rain and the cold front is just on the verge of reaching us. I say GOOD. Tired of hot weather mincing around with a few coolish days to tantalize us.


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The Suburban Poet 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

I'm with you on the weather. I'm happy the furnace is shut down for a spell. We have some pretty hairy spots close to formerly dry creek beds right now because of the heavens opening up on us but I'm on high ground most of the time.

The lack of comment at times stems from a combination of fatigue and business..... thanks for understanding...


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Very powerful words. The horror does remain at home for some, and when home is where the heart is...


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The Suburban Poet 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Wayne.... it is tough for too many veterans. They saw something they didn't want to see and most of us just want to have fun so we don't have time to hear their stories.... so they become isolated.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

I never need to worry about floods. My house is probably on the highest spot in Dallas, other than Flagpole Hill! But it does flood here in Dallas in places,too, and the recent rains have brought high water in some areas of the Metroplex.

Try to get some rest, guy! As for business, there's not a lot of alternative for it! ;-)


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nighthag 3 years ago from Australia

Potent and so layered, this was a sublime write that I've reread 3 times and I'm sure I will be back again to read.

Amazing work


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The Suburban Poet 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Nellianna - High ground is always prudent.

@nighthag - Well I truly appreciate your kind words. What can I say? It is a very humbling thing to know you reached someone. Thank you.

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