Vigilance in Silence.....

One man sits in silence on the ridge line
night visions ....dreams .....fatigued
A rifle at the ready ......in silence he watches
the night......concentrated and intrigued

And at sea a man on deck..... binoculars
in hand . images shimmering in the waves
He pulls his collar up and rubs his hands
together .....his night vision he saves

A woman of nineteen sit's in a tank
watching her turret moving around
She thinks of her high school days
and how time passes around

In a submarine .... an engine room
he works to keep a nuclear reactor cooled
And wonders aloud about his children
at home ......being home schooled

They .....are alll .....vigilant awaiting the order
......awaiting the chance
Turn loose the dogs of war ........
let's begin the dance


In honor of those who stand ready always ....as there always has been ....while you and I sit peacefully enjoying the peaceful spring rains and dreaming of summer ........

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow! Great tribute. Well done.

Up and awesome.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Holly Cow Will , yur fast man. ! Thank you , Did you serve my friend ? I did not . But I would.


Daydreamer Too 5 years ago

As someone who voluntarily served her country (UK) in the 70's as a radar operator, I have to say, this is a lovely tribute to those who have and, still do serve, and, I'm so pleased to see you include the women in those ranks too.

Thank you for these very lovely and fitting words.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Did you serve my friend?"

No. Every time my number came up, a new restriction kept me out. I was lucky.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Daydreamer Too, I will also say this , If man were to declare war on women , women would win hands down , I am strong enough to admit that! :-} Thank you for your service to the free world my dear lady. And even if women did not serve in the ranks , we all know they stand in an incredibly strong position at home, waiting and vigilant of all that is really important. Family , home, life!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Will Star , Today my friend , I know that ,more than ever , just believing in our country is serving as well. I did not join either , although my entire [large ]family , served for years . Thank you for sharing.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A touching and beautiful tribute.

Thanks for sharing .

Take care

Eiddwen.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Eiddwen , Thank you, a subject all to often ignored , whats with that? I knew you would appreciate it though.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I like this!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi Cardisa , there are tens of thousands of American troops that wait in silence for the call. We just simply owe them so much, man and woman. how bout you ,how do you look in a Uniform ,lol , Our best people are soldier-humantarians , Thank you my dear. :-}.


daddysgirl 5 years ago

I strongly agree!! We all need to keep our troops in mind everyday. They are the soul reason we are free! I miss my nephew daily especially on holidays and family get togethers. I am so proud of him for choosing to serve this country...what a sacrifice they all make daily to be away from family, serving for our freedoms! This says it all dad, thumbs up!! love and hugs always!!)


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi sweet heart , How are you , you are so right about that , they deserve so much respect. There is a growing element in America blinded to that and the fact that they believe we need no soldiers at all. Blind stupidity grows well in a garden of weeds. Oh well, thats just America. oxoxoxoxoxoxoxxooxxoxoxoxox your Daddy

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