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The Phone Call

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John Yaws
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since 10-09-1999
Posts 865
Texas


0 posted 10-31-1999 06:17 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

On a pleasant summer evening
In nineteen sixty nine
We were sitting in the parlor
And everything was fine
The telephone began to ring
A Mama said, "Hello".
We knew the news was bad
When her face turned white as snow.
She dropped the phone receiver
And sagged against the wall
And daddy ran to catch her
Afraid that she would fall.
The caller said that Danny-
The oldest of we four
Was victim of a sniper
On some far and distant shore.
He'd said just last October
"We'll fish when I get back"
But they put him in the chopper
In a rubber body sack.
The life went out of Mama
She never smiled again
She'd cry out in her sleep at night
And she grew pale and thin.
We buried her in winter-
Beside where Danny lies
And sometime in the moonlight
I can almost hear her cries.
That sniper in the jungle
Just saw a soldier fall-
But when he pulled the trigger-
I guess he killed us all.
Now every time the telephone
Out in the parlor rings
We all grow still and silent
And tears our eyelids sting.
And there hangs Mama's picture
By Danny's on the wall
Dead from a sniperís bullet-
And she from one phone call.
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
devina
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since 10-28-1999
Posts 3189
Northern Cali


1 posted 10-31-1999 06:27 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

i can tell that your'e still hurting after all of this time. believe me when i say that i can relate to your poem in a painful way that you might understand. when my father died, my grandmother was so empty inside that the only thing she looked forward to was being reunited with her son when her time came. i believe that when it did three summers ago that only then was she happy. your poem brought tears to my eyes.
Denise
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2 posted 10-31-1999 06:41 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very sad and touching. Heartbreaking.

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Denise

hoot_owl_rn
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since 07-05-99
Posts 11105
Glen Hope, PA USA


3 posted 10-31-1999 09:16 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Wow...I am speachless. This is perhaps one of the best poems I've seen posted. SO personal, so sad, flawless in it's meter and rhyme. I'm sorry for your loss, but this despite it's sadness is a wonderful piece of art.
Watcher666
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since 10-13-1999
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4 posted 11-02-1999 04:14 PM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Eloquent, sad and beautifully written.My heart goes out to you.

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
Iloveit
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since 09-02-99
Posts 1168
NM


5 posted 11-02-1999 05:01 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

wow, tearfully beautiful, very well done, and am so sorry for your pain.....hugs
RainbowGirl
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since 07-31-99
Posts 3167
United Kingdom


6 posted 11-02-1999 05:09 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

The death of someone we love affects so many...

HUGS

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

 
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