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Moment of Truth

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 07-04-2001 09:02 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Moment of Truth

A soldier stood before the granite monument of names
Like tablets sent from heaven, they were sacred to his heart
For there he found in letters etched, a father and a friend
Whose portrait has remained the same since they have been apart

His fingers on the name was like a touch upon his face
So close he felt in spirit to the Dad who loved him well
Recalling days of happiness in early childhood
His heart began to flutter and his eyes began to swell

Then gazing in the polished blackness at the break of day
He saw the sprawling lawn and trees across the empty mall
Where he had walked in silence on that early Sunday morn
In view of Lincoln’s watching eye as he approached the wall

Reflections were so vivid in the mirrored glaze of truth
The memories of grief that day no child could conceive
In stories told of where and how his father came to die
By military men of honor he did not believe

They placed a medal in his hand as they began to speak
Recalling all the sacrifices of the bold and brave
His father was a hero and a martyr in the eyes
Of those who saw him risk his life for all the lives he saved

“Some day, young man, you’ll understand the word “integrity”
For this one word describes to me your father’s words and ways
And you will truly honor him for how gave his life
This medal is your heritage for all your living days”

These words that now came back to him, brought nightmares to a boy
Who’s vision in the dark of night consumed each panting breath
In dreams he saw not bravery, but suffering and pain
His father left alone to bleed in moments of his death

He placed his trembling fingers to the wall of black once more
And touched his father's cheek as he had done when just a lad
And there before him in the glassy stone appeared a face
The soldier looked into his eyes and said, “I love you, Dad”

Then suddenly the truth appeared, the names were all erased
The Viet Nam Memorial became a battle ground
In mirrors of the past he saw an officer his age
Entrapped in hell’s own fire with his men in his surround

He led them out to safety, then went back to those who stayed
And carried every wounded man with tricks that he contrived
To fool surrounding enemy and buy just one more hour
Until those men who would have died, had left that place alive

His father was the last to go with soldiers on his trail
And lost his life within the blasting bits of a grenade
His courage was so witnessed and his love was known to all
In dignity and honor, with his life the young man paid

The truth then known, the soldier wept and felt a bit ashamed
Of all of the uncertainties he felt throughout the years
The names engraved upon the wall appeared just as they were
The soldier turned to leave as he was wiping off his tears

He felt his father watching as he walked across the green
Then quickly turned around again and faced the stone of black
Saluting to an officer, whose medal was deserved
In mirrors of the gleaming wall, his Dad saluted back

Elizabeth Santos

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 07-04-2001).]

© Copyright 2001 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
Seymour Tabin
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1 posted 07-04-2001 09:33 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
An exceptional work, Thank you for posting it
Sy
Titia Geertman
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2 posted 07-05-2001 11:56 AM       View Profile for Titia Geertman   Email Titia Geertman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Titia Geertman's Home Page   View IP for Titia Geertman

What else can I say than that it touches me.

Beautiful write Elizabeth.

Titia

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Marge Tindal
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3 posted 07-05-2001 12:31 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Elizabeth~
Such a quietly dignified piece.
Reflections in the tears of many.
*Hugs*
~*Marge*~

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CocoBaci
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4 posted 07-05-2001 02:04 PM       View Profile for CocoBaci   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CocoBaci

Oh my goodness dear Elizabeth, your poem touches my heart in ways I cannot explain.  The last two lines just did me in as a kleenex wiped away the tears that trickled down my cheek...

Thank you PoetFriend for sharing this excellent write...

*~coco~*
Decaflame
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5 posted 07-05-2001 02:09 PM       View Profile for Decaflame   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Decaflame

One would think that following Independence Day, the tears would be dry for a time...

they are not.

Thank you.
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6 posted 07-05-2001 02:24 PM       View Profile for Interloper   Email Interloper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Interloper

Shame on you for not posting a tissue warning ... even for us guys.  Too close to home for me ...
I loved it!
Lone Wolf
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7 posted 07-05-2001 02:46 PM       View Profile for Lone Wolf   Email Lone Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lone Wolf

Deeply touching, Liz.  

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by the grace of God.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

LngJhnAg
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8 posted 07-05-2001 03:07 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Liz!  Thanks
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9 posted 07-06-2001 09:27 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I read this yesterday, Elizabeth... but sat stunned and unable to reply. I still lack the words to tell you how much it touched me... whatever I say is inadequate to do it justice. Thank you.
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10 posted 05-28-2010 12:58 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Liz, I forgot to bump this for Memorial Day, and it deserves a place of honor on that day, for those we honor.  Bless them all!
 
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