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I Am Not. A Veteran's Love

Updated on November 9, 2014

We are not the same

The smell in the air

It smells of copper somewhere

That smell in the air

It screams of death somewhere

Not mine and not yours and not theirs

It smells and I cannot kick that smell

All around me burns like hell

But it is that rancid smell

Burning flesh and cordite scent does not prevent

The smell of horror that is hell sent

Leave me here to die for I am wounded and should die

that smell of copper comes from my thigh

But the other same smell of copper is comrade nearby

please take me away from death

and give my brothers my dear breath

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Eddy, I sure enjoyed our peaceful walk together this morning.

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      3 years ago from Wales

      Powerfully brilliant Eric. you are one very talented writer without a doubt. Voted up and wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora, a little different for me. But it just came to me to write it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much dilipchandra for reading and leaving such a nice comment.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lots of reality and just as much emotion in this piece. Good job, Eric.

    • dilipchandra12 profile image

      Dilip Chandra 

      3 years ago from India

      Excellent compilation, so beautiful read... :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dorado, thank you for reading and commenting. I see you are from my hometown. I sure miss it. If you see a Dierker there say howdy for me.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Chitrangada, our Veterans day is tomorrow and so it just struck me.

    • dorado profile image

      dorado 

      3 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      The physical sense it invokes. I don't know war--but this is touching to me.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      What a touching tribute to the real heroes!

      You expressed very effectively in few lines. Voted up!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I tear for my friends who suffered so.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      YES! Far too many die on battlefields, my friend, and far too many of those for economic reasons...I'm sick of death.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I feel them. give you and yours my hugs and know they are in faith.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, indeed ... they are mine too!

      Hugs

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hold on there Faith. I am just not worthy of my block of men and women who have served me. If you feel this honors them, then I am humble and even more in their debt. I am but a writer and they are my heroes.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, poignant and profoundly expressed! You are a great poet.

      Up +++ and away

      Hugs

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