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The Heroes We Knew (poem)

Updated on November 17, 2012

The lonely and lost my children don’t weep

The dreams which once were have not passed away

The heroes we knew have just gone to sleep


Once we were all taught this promise to keep

To aid these our kin and never betray

The lonely and lost my children don’t weep


As blessings were spread such joy did we reap

And when we have met the task of the day

The heroes we knew have just gone to sleep


With time and its flow misfortune does creep

There’s others who’ll help the people now say

The lonely and lost my children don’t weep


With dreams in their minds the masses now steep

Waiting for something to ignite the way

The heroes we knew have just gone to sleep


Till action arrives intentions they’ll heap

And cause upon cause will cause them to stray

The lonely and lost my children don’t weep

The heroes we knew have just gone to sleep


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      5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      What a wonderful poem.How we love and respect all of those who have put their lives on the line for our safety and freedom. Beautiful work.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. A lovely tribute to all heroes. Passing this on.

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      6 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to all those gone and now as you say asleep. All the wars that have caused so much heart break and continue to do so. Voted up,


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      6 years ago from Delhi

      so moving.....hats off to those heros immortal & Kudos to you Mhatter!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      As soon as i started reading, i thought of Dusty, who was a hero. Thank you Martin. I so adore your poetry..Peace..

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      For those of us that were close to war with our associates, this means a great deal. Yes, they have just gone to sleep, but when we need them again, someone new will arise to the occasion.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      You have produced proud tears while I read this stellar nod to so many brave souls who sacrificed so much for me. Absolutely wonderful and I am voting it up as well as sharing it.

      Thank you

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I wish more people would honor and remember all of our military brothers and sisters and all they have done for us. This is a great poem, thank you so much for writing this one.


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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh my goodness, you have touched that place in my heart with this one. Beautiful MH.

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This so beautiful, and touching! Very different from your other poems, MH, just shows your talent! Really enjoyed it..... Thanks! Voting up and awesome.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Wonderful story teller and such a romantic in your style, Mhatter, my friend. Our heroes may sleep, but will awaken anew, their chores to keep. We should have no doubts and put away all fears, for our heroes. Thank you for your message of reassurance.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      I am a soldier's child and so this is lovely. Thanks Mh. I love that David Bowie song, and I remember after 911 he opened up the memorial with this song. Plus it helps me right now, as my mother is in acute care, but she is healing each day. I know I will see my loved ones again one day and be with them forever.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      a beautiful way to put it! Up+ Thank you!

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      So many of our heroes have "gone to sleep,' Mh. And sadly the heroic worship once heaped upon them has gone to sleep as well. Those left behind who now do not weep for our heroes may weep one day when the hard fought freedoms are no longer theirs.

      I know if you have read my writings about Virginia and most recently Veteran's Day that I was taught to love and revere our heroes . And I have passed that on to my daughter and my grandsons and unabashedly I taught it to my children when I taught school.

      But heroes in the larger sense of the word can be just you or him or her..and they can be in situations that allow them to be heroes "just for one day" like the couple in Bowie's song I know you must know the story behind the song...what a powerful song it is. This poem will remain with me for a long time to come.

      Voted up+++ Your poetry makes me think and mull over and consider as much as your limericks cause me to smile and chuckle. Sending Angels your way...:) ps


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