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A Wavering Flag

Updated on June 19, 2013

It was war and the worse kind,

The young soldiers moved past

The enemy line,

Then, with guile and fury

The enemy would attack,

The young soldiers never knew

What hit them,

The ground rose up to meet them

With a sickening impact,

Everything went black,

The young soldiers fell,

While the Grim Reaper harvested death,

Darkness came with a smothering breath,

Irrigating the ground with

Young soldiers’ blood,

Soaking the soil, making it mud,

The enemy’s leader looked around

The battle field,

Grim evidence of efficiency,

But for every soldier that fell,

Two of his soldiers had gone down as well,

His uniform blood stained,

He felt lifeless,

And he looked drained,

Death littered his view of sight,

And he wondered why the fight,

The war was meant for victory,

Or the right to brag,

The war was fought for liberty,

Or just for a wavering flag.

© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      This may be the experience of many a soldier--never realizing their expectations, but dying in honor of their flag and all it stands for. A good poetic tribute!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      So many wars fought for such questionable reasons, so much blood spilled, too often in vain. Good one Frank!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Powerful, convicting message that honors their sacrifice. ~Lurana

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent poem here in tribute to the fallen soldiers and the highest price they paid for liberty . . . while our flag does continue to waive.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much MsDora, and the X-man and I do agree with you also thank you MrsBrownsparlour and always good to see you Faith bless you all :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A good message, Frank, the futility of war, and yet what happens if we don't fight. That's why we have diplomats and lets hope that they're really good at their job.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, awesome, and interesting Mr. Frank. Grim detail pal! A great case and point. Is it ever worth it? What is the cost of a life these days? Makes you think. As usual, your on top of your game Frank. Well done.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Ah, that flag. The older I get the more it means to me and the more I understand that loyalty. Not all fights are good but for those willing to go these many years we would not be here today I feel sure. You give food for thought as always. ^

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      A grim reminder of what loyalty costs. Certainly lead me through the battle.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you so much Blossoms, thelyricwriter, Jackie and Gypsy for stopping by my wavering flag.. bless you guys

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      sweetie2 4 years ago from Delhi

      Very good poem

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you sweetie2

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I was recently reading a book of war poetry....and your poem is just as well crafted...a poignant message too Frank, great work :-))

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks so much Valleypoet :)

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      Usama Khurram 4 years ago from Virginia

      thumb up!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks bestviop...:)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Powerful and brilliant as always Frank.

      Voted up and shared.

      Eddy.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thanks eddy for stopping by :)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very profound Frank. How many have fought without even knowing their cause and how many have been forced into battle. Propaganda has stirred far too many into needless sacrifice.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you wayne barrett for visiting my wavering flag :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Wars are raised by Kings but poor pawns die for the cause which they know not.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      you are indeed dead on Vin..:)

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Another deep piece of poetry that touches the heart and the mind. The fact of young soldiers who die in this way, so fast, that they didn't have time to acknowledge 'the grim reaper'. I always hope that some wars maybe worth it. If not? This wonderful poem raises so many questions as well as emotions - stunning and awesome!! Voted up!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you Seeker for recognizing my poem's worth bless you

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      I see effective double entendre's near the poem's end. This one strikes a chord because I have family members that have seen the horrors of war in Vietnam. I have yet to read any hub of yours that's not worthy of voting up. You have done a great job.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Express10 :)

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