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OWG
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0 posted 12-07-2001 06:28 AM       View Profile for OWG   Email OWG   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit OWG's Home Page   View IP for OWG

Birthday Fifth


Jim Dickey turned 51 today
dressed in his
Sergeant E-5 Greens
joined by his bros
in their military best
they always dress up
on birthdays

Sister Judy came by
brought a rose from her garden
and some homemade
peanut butter cookies
Jim don't eat sweats
but she will
while she tells
about the old neighborhood
and then a mention
how proud she is
of her brother
and the other service men
from the "Nam"

Says she met Mary Garcia
married to a Navy guy
down the row
they rode in together
on the bus from 63rd
was his birthday today too

Sis nibbles her last cookie
looks at the soldiers
all grinning back at her
"you have such nice friends Jim"
she whispers with a tear
she leans and kisses
the top of the white stone cross

OWG (by request for GS)


[This message has been edited by OWG (edited 12-07-2001).]

© Copyright 2001 OWG - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-07-2001 06:41 AM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

This still brings that tear to my eye every time I read it.  It reaches right in and sends a shiver deep to the core.  This is some pretty amazing stuff OWG, thanks for the post!  Your talent is a gift that I am glad we all have the pleasure of enjoying, your friendship.....immeasurable....
HUGS

On the wings of words our spirits fly....and our souls are free.
~Me~

(I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance~Garth)

OWG
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Thanx babe....you blush me with your comments...but I am sure Jim is grinning at the post...can't ever do enough to pay tribute to him and the others in stone town.

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I am glad to see this today, 12/7...thank you...
OWG
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thank you ms sunshine I appreciate the read
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touching tribute dear friend
heartfelt
Hope
they would all be around same age as me
OWG
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Thanx Hope...yes same age as me too..(more or less) Jim and I were in the RVN play in 68...he went out one day and didn't come back...altogether anyway.
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Oh this is a sad one. And a well deserved memorial.
Sandra
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This is true grit poetry, a pleasure to read. Anyone who remembers '68 is ok in my book!

Kathleen (Kay)
"When red-haired girls scamper like roses over the rain-green grass, and the sun drips honey."
Laurie Lee

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Catmoon..thank you for the read and comments...


Irish Rose...68 will always be in my memory..dang, I wish I could remember the rest of the 60's..hmmm  thanx hunks for the review
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OWG-
   Wow...very powerful and touching tribute.
   Wonderfully told story.
   Hugs,
   ~Vicky


"...until you have read the verse on his heart,
you have not truly met the poet.
~vlraynes

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(tears fall down my cheeks) Oh OMG, this was so very sad! My heart cried out to their family and all that remember him, and my love and prayers are with them all always! (sigh) God Bless You, sweet friend, this is a sad but beautiful tribute! (big hugggsssss) You have such a beautiful heart, sweet friend, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton
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This one gave me chills, for it was the year I said goodbye to three who went to Nam.
One did not come back. A second returned with severe emotional wounds and a drug addiction. The third appeared to be OK, if you don't count the nightmares and the subsequent divorce.
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Very well done and powerful tribute!
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Powerful write....
Interesting read!
~hugs, Nancy~

"A dream is a wish your heart makes..."

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the title caught my attention...and the ending was something i never expected...and i paused to think for a moment those Nam soldiers...
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The punch at the end took me a second and when I realized, I literally gasped.  This poem is really powerful. Great job.
-R.
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ok, the ending wasn't fair....you brought tears to my eyes and now I'll need to make sure I get an email over to my brother. *sniffle* this is really moving  
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When the right time comes, this will deserve a repost....
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I was thinking bout this poem this morning and am glad that I went searching the archives for it....                                                                                     It still touches deeply, and the words remain now, as then.  
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