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Independence Hard Scrabbled.

Updated on June 16, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

Remember the fallen because the fallen no longer can remember anything

So many sacrificed their freedom given up for others, while their brothers in arms, lose much of their independence to Post-Traumatic nightmares and scars that

Men have dodged bullets
that sought ot bleed
their independence from them
or taken some for the  cause 
leaving scars red and blue 
stretched  in small 
criss-crossed stripes
on once torn flesh.
I sometimes run my fingers 
in the grooves 
along the walls 
that list the names, 
of men lost  
whose bones 
lie tumbled in 
gray coffins, 
beneath endless other 
crosses row on row,
I watched our 
send more to catch bullets
and shrapnel blasts 
in foreign lands 
that will never 
know freedom
it cannot be forced
on any country that
is apathetic or theocratric
centuries of chaos prove that,
blind non-warrior leaders 
send all but their own
precious, sired flesh
I weep for the fallen, 
and pray for the maimed,
for who will hire the 
severly burned, 
the scarred, 
the double and 
triple amputees 
when the war is done, 
for your offices, or 
store counters, 
or restaurants??
some of you may
but many will turn 
their face away
abhorred by the thought
I have held mothers 
in my arms, 
whose sons have 
vanished forever, 
no where to tend the flowers, 
by the stone that shows 
his final resting place, 
Thier sons bones 
moulder in the jungles, 
corrode deep in the oceans,
rot in the wreckage 
left high on mountaintops
no closure back at home,
where moms weep 
over fading photos.
I have folded flags 
into small wedges,
and presented them 
to the bereaved,
just a tiny corner 
of what once was, 
all wrapped up 
neat but empty of him,
I have fired 1 of 
the 7 times 3 
parts of twenty-one 
gun salutes,
the harsh blasts 
echoing over the dead,
much like the last 
sound they heard,
and then the bagpipes 
bleed wails 
and make me weep,
damn the dress blues, 
and protocol, 
something about 
"Amazing Grace" 
coming over a graveyard hill 
and growing louder as it nears,
and then fading softly 
as they march on
moves my soul to 
moisten my eyes.
And when taps plays,
 the song that put us 
all to sleep each night
as now  it lays to eternal rest 
a fallen hero,
my heart is laid 
out with them,
beatless it pauses 
as that last note fades,
then I gathers the 
strength needed
to move on 
in their place.
There is a formation 
high above, 
where one by 
one the soldiers 
who have fallen out muster, 
and stand proud before God, 
and he salutes them 
each and every one, 
and whispers, 
"At ease boys,"
and so they will remain 
at ease in glory 
for the glory 
they fought for,
and for the country 
they died for,
far above the 
madness of this world.
Independence is simply us, 
in dependence on them,
for without them we would all 
most likely be enslaved 
to some mad man's rules.
we must be eternally grateful
and never forget
where their lives left off
 so that we all could go on.

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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