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The Last Full Measure

Updated on July 29, 2011

In consideration of these noble words

Full of blood

Violence and sacrifice

Yet in this we must allow

That all is not given

For only the able to return

It is not right

That those who can't handle a gun

Should be exempt

From giving their all

For the benefit of others

Join those few

The noble ones

Seek about

Open your eyes

And give that which matters to you and others

The tick tock of you watch

The beating of your heart

The gift of your hands

Then maybe in society

You can matter

Finding value in yourself

Having given the last full measure

Your all.


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    • Jaggedfrost profile image

      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      It is interesting the differences between those who gave their all and those who don't and refuse to. There is more to do then fight even as fighting for now seems to be necessary. If one won't fight to make man free they should at least live to do so for their neighbors.

      Your very welcome my friend. It is good to hear from you.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      1865 saw a noble and honorable America refuse to punish the Rebels, instead turning to the healing of our conflicted nation...

      !965 was another matter...Many Americans gave their " full measure " of spit and hate when those that served with honor and sacrifice returned to an ungrateful nation that basked in the phony righteousness of their pot-fueled protests and leftist-organized marches...No full measure or shared duty here, only a vacuous mob of sheep so easily led, so easily lied to, so willing to condemn those that did give their full measure...

      I know your poetic message is directed at self-actualization, but the title reflects back to Shaara's book and the terrible sacrifices endured during that time...

      Thank you for this sagacious prose...voted up, Larry