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Old Soldier's Nameless Friend

Updated on May 23, 2012

Old man sitting in his place

a fireplace he made when he was young. His times spent near the flames is captured in this serious hub.
a fireplace he made when he was young. His times spent near the flames is captured in this serious hub.

An old man, seasoned, sad, and weary, returns to his constant friend, the warming, nameless flames of his fireplace.

He's now ready to rest at season's end. Dreaming now of events like youth, love, bride, and life to begin.

He fashioned his fireplace with youthful hands, but no joy for he was called to death-trodden lands.

His lovely, young bride kept her house. Children clean and fed. And kept a warm fire burning gently as the three, like ghosts, sneaked into bed.

Her heart looked fearfully through her cracked window pane in hopes to see her groom in sight again, but duties of life ended her vision again and again.

While gazing into death's stone eyes, he crept in mud, shed his blood, for those without a home. And even for faceless corpses lie.

Years and youth are silent wings taking him through sunset's clear, Laughter, somber, sober, his ears have silenced, so are his years.

One day walking, next day crawling, his pride displays the medals won, a life well-run, he runs to his nameless friend, the nameless flame.

Children are gone. Crowning him with stone. His bride was never alone. Sitting hand-in-hand, a breath, a span. His dreams of friends gone to uncertain, ever-mystical lands.

He sleeps. He nods. And asks the shadows if she is there . . .with silk for hands, and linen for lands, his bride gently passes with time.

Now only two remain. His breath. His name.

And his oldest friend, the nameless fireplace flame.

She looked through a cracked window pane

in hopes to see her man walking back into her life.
in hopes to see her man walking back into her life.

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      May 28, Happy Memorial Day

      Dear rebecca,

      Thank you, from the heart, for your sweet comments. It is so nice to meet you on Hubs. My dad was a veteran and so were three of my uncles. I was so proud of them. Still are. If you like, check out a few more of my hubs and if you arent a follower, Id LOVE for you to become a follower.

      That way, I could stay close to what works you are doing. And Im sure your hubs could beat this one easily.

      Happiness and Peace to you!

      Kenneth

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very insightful, powerfully emotional. I love the photo with it. It adds the perfect touch. Great Job!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thank YOU, Rahul, but give the thanks to God. He was the one who designed our imaginations. I love to do things for people, such as this old warrior, who never got any credit in his life.

      But thanks, Rahul, for being a good friend.

      Kenneth

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      All has been said about how gifted you are my friend!

      Brilliant craft

      !

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      My Dear catgypsy,

      I am without proper words to say "thank you," for YOUR touching comments.

      I never expected this type of reaction. But from my heart, thanks for taking the time to read this and leave one of your always-sweet comments that keep my confidence at a higher-than-average level.

      And fellow hubbers . . .DO CHECK OUT CATGYPSY'S LATEST HUBS. She is a terrific writer and is very selfless. Do read her works. You will be very moved.

      Sincerely . . .Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear picklesandrufus . . .That is so sweet of you to say this about me. Im not sure that Im worthy of such acalades, but still, I give My God the thanks and credit for giving me this, and all of my stories which I hope, entertain and make people laugh.

      This is my way of serving my fellow members of HubPages and members of the human race.

      And picklesandrufus, thank you also for being a valued-follower of mine. I appreciate YOU very much.

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Debra, old friend!

      Nice to hear from YOU! And I thank you for your sweet comments about this story.

      Listen to me, dear Debra, you are not fooling anyone. YOU were (and still are) "the" gifted one in our class of 1972 and before! Your IQ can shadow mine with no effort.

      I have a suspicion that you were better in English than you are letting on.

      Thanks, dear Debra, for the comment.

      Take care.

      Kenneth

      PS I will let you know when my first book is published and I WILL GIVE you a copy. You wont have to buy it.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Vidya,

      Thank you for your very kind comment. I will love and respect my dad always, not just for his service to our country, but in his wide-range of talents--musician, carpenter, mechanic, machinist and all without any formal training.

      Only God could have created such a multi-dimensional man.

      Thanks again!

      Kenneth

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      catgypsy 

      6 years ago from the South

      Kenneth... beautiful, touching and deep. It brought tears to my eyes. You are so talented with such a wide range of writing. Great hub.

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      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Kenneth, this is an excellent hub. I read it a few times. You are a true writer, my hubpages friend!

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      Debra Emerson 

      6 years ago

      Kenny,

      You must have been very good in English, I know I was not. All I can say is God must have given you the gift of being able to write stories that are so good to read. When you write a book, let me know so I can buy it.

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      Vidya Mallar 

      6 years ago from India

      Kenneth you can surely be the proudest son of the nation.. I salute your love and respect for your father who was a great man...

      God bless you always for this dedication to your beloved father.. Voted up again..

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, writer20,

      I want to thank you with all of my soul for your nice comments, like the others, will not be forgotten. YOU are a talented writer in your own right.

      I am constantly learning from YOU, Lucky Cats, Sueswan, and all on this comment line.

      YOU ALL are great inspirations to me. Never forget that.

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Susan,

      What can I say, dear friend, but thank YOU for your sweet and very-appreciated comments.

      You never cease to make me smile--no matter the mood that Im in. And today, my mood is fair, but my body is rebelling against me. But Im a fighter. Not a quitter.

      You be safe and Beware of Yellow Cab drivers whose name is "Ernest."

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, jblais,

      Thank you, kind sir, for that "outstanding." You have the ability (unlike me) to say a lot by saying so little. That, my friend, is natural talent.

      Happy Memorial Day!

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Vidya,

      I agree with you 100%! My late father was a veteran of World War II. He served with pride, dignity and such a sacrificial heart. I miss him. And always will. He was not just from the "old school," he drove the first nail when it was built.

      Thanks for your kind remarks.

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Lucky Cats,

      Wow. I am very humbled and touched (in all areas of my being), by your sweet and uplifting words. I wish I had the words and means to say Thank YOU and show you how MUCH I appreciate YOU and all of my followers. For without YOU, I shudder to think what or where I would be.

      And as for gifts, YOU AND ALL OF MY FOLLOWERS, I HAVE COME TO REALIZE, are MORE GIFTED than I. YOU possess the gifts that I envy. Such easy phrasings in your hubs. I have to "labor" for "these" hubs.

      And I will NOT forget YOU, Lucky Cats, for all the sweet things you say and have said.

      Be safe.

      Love,

      Kenneth

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderfulstriking poem, great work.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      Sueswan 

      6 years ago

      Dearest Kenneth

      'He sleeps. He nods. And asks the shadows if she is there

      . . .with silk for hands, and linen for lands, his bride gently passes with time."

      You have outdone yourself my friend. Absolutely beautiful! A true masterpiece.

      Voted up and away

      I am still waiting for that yellow cab ;)

      Take care and enjoy your day. :)

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      jblais1122@aol 

      6 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

      Outstanding!

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      Vidya Mallar 

      6 years ago from India

      This is just wonderful by the way it has been presented,...

      Now only two remain. His breath. His name.

      This line has much depth in meaning...

      I just salute the soldiers who sacrifice their lives for their nation...

      Kenneth, you are a gifted writer...

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      Kathy 

      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Kenneth, you have a gift..you have possess many gifts; the sweetest of these is empathy. No one could write like this if not for a deep deep ability to feel others' pain and loss. this is not a cliche' .. this is real. So absolutely beautiful..you are growing leaps and bounds as a writer...humor, wit, irony, honest personal musings and...this. Incredibly touching, Kenneth. Very compelling. I am so in awe of these beautiful words. UP Beautiful Awesome..I wish we'd been given more adjectives to express our response to the offerings here. WOW!! Kathy

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