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Poet deVine
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0 posted 06-30-2001 10:26 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Poet deVine



There's nothing different about the man
as he passes you on the street
a few lines have formed along his brow
and he's slower on his feet

He smiles at children as they play
frowns at tattoes on a young teen
an ordinary man you think?
but you don't know what he as seen

jungle wet
with rain
and sweat

rivers of mud
and
enemy blood

Eyes in pain
no loss
or gain

Arms held back
in
mass attack


He won't tell you what he knows
nor why it haunts his dreams
he keeps it within, this secret past
that hides behind silent screams

Jungle wet
with
rain and sweat

Rivers of mud
and
enemy blood

Eyes in pain
no loss
or gain
Arms held back
in
mass attack


Don't dare to say he never gave
what his country asked him to give
don't tell him that you hate this place
his friends died so you could live

Jungle wet
with
rain and sweat

Rivers of mud
and
enemy blood

Eyes in pain
no loss
or gain

Arms held back
in
mass attack


A flag waves in bright sunlight
By soldier right, he should be proud
But he walks on by, no salute
His patriotism is not allowed

jungle wet with rain and sweat rivers of mud and enemy blood eyes in pain no loss or gain arms held back in mass attack

And when you come to understand
The freedom he fought to keep
Perhaps it will be you my friend
That dreams the dream of soldier's sleep.
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1 posted 06-30-2001 11:19 AM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

i really liked this one. It kind of opened my eyes to how a soldier who lives through a war might think like. I really liked this one.

I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I'm in love with my shadow
I admire it daily

Romy
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2 posted 06-30-2001 11:27 AM       View Profile for Romy   Email Romy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Romy

Sharon,
This is such a great poem and a sad reminder of the sacrifices that others made so that we may enjoy the freedom that we have!  What a true and sensitive tribute to so many who cannot or will not speak of the horror they endured for the safety and freedom of all who live in this country.
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3 posted 07-04-2001 01:33 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

You know, I'm glad I can live in a place where I can speak my mind, practice my religion, and live without the worry of being thrown in jail or killed because of doing such things. I'm proud to be an American, and I am grateful to the soldiers who fought to keep those rights, for themselves and for us.

Happy Independence Day everyone.
illusion
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4 posted 07-06-2001 12:23 PM       View Profile for illusion   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for illusion

Very powerful, unsettling poem that makes the reader THINK. It should be required reading. Well done.
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5 posted 07-06-2001 03:05 PM       View Profile for 2dalimit   Email 2dalimit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 2dalimit

An awesome piece of poetry. I liked it.

Melton
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6 posted 10-11-2001 02:28 PM       View Profile for Carolina   Email Carolina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Carolina

This poem gave me goosebumps.  You did a great job.  

Live today as if it's your last.  Love today as if it's your first.   Lisa

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7 posted 08-18-2015 07:17 PM       View Profile for Ravishing Rhonda   Email Ravishing Rhonda   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for Ravishing Rhonda

This poem is awesome! It touched my heart. Thank you
Poet deVine
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8 posted 08-18-2015 10:52 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Thank you. It's always nice to know my words mean something to someone.
 
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