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Christmas Leave .... 1967

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RMW
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0 posted 04-18-2001 11:37 PM       View Profile for RMW   Email RMW   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for RMW

Christmas Leave .... 1967

Jungle war was on the news.
And so were bells. I heard the toll
And then a jingle.
As I bent down to brush my shoes
A holiday commercial
Interrupted the tingle of artillery.
I spit, as I was trained to do,
Then rubbed my life out,
Hoping it would re-appear,
First at the heel,
Then somewhere forward
Near the toe.
And though I never could get quite the glow
Expected of Marines on leave,
I shined my soul into those shoes,
Preparing them
For midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

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1 posted 04-19-2001 12:36 AM       View Profile for gremlin   Email gremlin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for gremlin

Damn, very deep poem!

I enjoy your work.
Thank you.

Stan
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2 posted 04-19-2001 05:24 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

I shined my soul into those shoes,
Preparing them
For midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

I  remember that year very well for many  reasons, one of which was I graduated from high school then..I read each of your poems this morning...war reminders are not always the best. huggzzz

~Wynter/M

"The worst prison would be a closed heart".
...Pope John Paul II


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3 posted 04-19-2001 06:16 AM       View Profile for Lady In White   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lady In White

You have most articulately captured the essence of a Marine, and his feelings, of a time, and a place...

and most certainly, of a man's heart.
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4 posted 04-19-2001 09:02 AM       View Profile for Just A Woman   Email Just A Woman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Just A Woman

I love your reflections on this time in your life, Bob.  A wonderful read.  ~smiling~



"I can't remember if I'm the good twin or the evil one."

Corinne
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5 posted 04-19-2001 03:15 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Powerful stuff here, Bob. The two contrasts, stark.

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6 posted 04-19-2001 04:07 PM       View Profile for Fading Away   Email Fading Away   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Fading Away

This is a very poweful piece you've got here.   I enjoyed the read very much.  Thanks for sharing.

--Marie

subconsciously, i think i can eat so much to make my stomach hurt, instead of my heart.

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Deep in the heart


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Again, Semper Fi, marine.
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8 posted 10-14-2004 12:18 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Today seems to be the right time to bring this one back to the frontlines.
Martie
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I'm glad Kacy brought this one back...I seem to have missed it...it is very touching, Bob, very!
Susan Caldwell
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I heated mine.  Was never keen on the spitting.

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

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