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Omaha Beach Wading

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easy1
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Omaha Beach Wading (D-Day 6 June 1944)

"Urine the boat, therein the water."
Then, and now it's my turn:
Wet, cold to the torso,
arms and hands held high, like Christs with rifles we slog.

Glints through the haze, steel pot strap tugging; boats are forgotten:
beachfront ahead.

Splashes on the sea, unreal.
A half figure falls with a moan, and then another.
Forward, forward, who cares that they blundered,
Forward!

Teeth gritting, salt assails,
Heart unnoticed racing.
Breath is the lifeblood against
this watery grave...
of muttered curses!

Forward!

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Amaryllis
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You know, easy1?  This is excelllent- I love `wet, cold to the torso`  and  `like Christs with rifles`.. really the whole piece is amazing- great write!  
~A
Earl Brinkman
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2 posted 06-22-2010 07:59 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

A good depiction of the soldiers who actually did make it to the beach.  Quite a number of them however drowned when they jumped off the boat as their gear, being extremely heavy, made them sink.
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3 posted 06-23-2010 12:37 AM       View Profile for easy1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for easy1

I am not sure if this is exactly the photo I was looking for, but it is representative: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25515317@N07/2610349659/
 
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