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The Fork in the Road (A Soldier's Lament)

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Gene
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0 posted 01-24-2000 10:52 PM       View Profile for Gene   Email Gene   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Gene's Home Page   View IP for Gene

This is a true story.


"The Fork in the Road"
(A Soldier’s Lament)

Look to the Left,
Look to the Right.
Go ahead, HE said [in a whisper],
Take the one on the Right.

Two choices given,
Only one is safe.
Yet, we venture forward
To uncertain fate.

Choices made, I keep my stead
While my brothers now are dead.

Still, I torment inside my head,
When I think about those poor souls
Who went Left instead.

My lament is fraught with gilt and fright.
Why were they wrong,
And I, right?

____


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Denise
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1 posted 01-24-2000 11:07 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

A wonderful poem, asking some tough questions that we may never understand....

Denise
Gene
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2 posted 01-25-2000 11:33 AM       View Profile for Gene   Email Gene   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Gene's Home Page   View IP for Gene

Thanks,Denise.

But I'm not sure it's finished yet.
----
Gene
Danny Holloway
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3 posted 01-25-2000 12:24 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

Life is full of choices that we each must face, mostly uncertain of the outcome.
Your poem expresses this well and how we have to live (or not) from those choices.
Nicely written.
DH

 
JamesMichael
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4 posted 01-26-2000 04:28 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

A thought provoking poem u gene.  I've thought about things we have control over and things we cannot control.  We can make choices but we usually cannot control the outcome or the consequences of our choices.  And of course where more than one is involved the choices will vary based on individual personalities, morals, feelings, desires, and so on.    James
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5 posted 01-27-2000 11:38 AM       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 really enjoy the powerful message behind this one  
Nan
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6 posted 02-01-2000 06:57 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I think that we shall never know the reasons why...
"..'tis just for us do do and die"...
Nice job, my friend
Marilyn
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Well done! I don't know what else to say except Ditto nan's response.  
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