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Purple Hearts... Black Nights

Updated on April 5, 2018

In an darkened closet safely tucked away
a small tin box ...rusted ....dented.... forgotten.
The memories within are hidden for
only one man to know how they were gotten.

The rest of them..."all gone ...probably" he says
misty in the eyes and the soul as well
He recalls constantly the visions ...the men
and at times ........even the smell

But one little tin box holds the key to a
door .......he goes through once each day
But in a long ...long life as in his ....
the box holds a light that shines a way.

A piece of ribbon and gold small
and in his hand even smaller
Not visibly but whenever he takes it in hand
....someone inside stands a litlle taller

Hes often wondered......why it's called
this.....a purple heart.... turning it over in hand
A heart of gold?........Purple for the stains
of blood ....and It never will end

Bronze stars ....purple hearts....what a vision
by all that matters and how.
We fought the war to end all wars
and we're fighting another now.......

As he awakens again in the dark of night
...he thinks of purple hearts allright
Never one to sleep soundly again
purple hearts and dark nights

For My Father ........forever in a place of peace.


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    • ahorseback profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Scriber ,ouuuu Can't wait to check it out!

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      7 years ago

      Thank you ahorseback. A riveting piece -- and which has inspired my new hub: Not To Know.

    • ahorseback profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Tenderhrt, Makes me think of "Thunderheart" , great movie! You should watch it. Thanks my dear, for sharing . Stay well, peace!

    • tnderhrt23 profile image


      7 years ago

      Ooooohhhh, ahorseback! This is amazing! Spell-binding! My favorite verse..."Bronze stars ....purple hearts....what a vision

      by all that matters and how. We fought the war to end all wars

      and we're fighting another now......." Very touching poem!


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