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Ratleader
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0 posted 03-12-2003 01:16 AM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

For a certain pilot, who flies an aircraft I won’t name, and who deployed yesterday to a place I don’t need to know.





We know
what you do for us
though you can’t say where
you are, or where peace will take you
over the coming battle. We can’t ask what loads
of death you’ll carry, what lives you’ll save, erasing the
implements of war and plowing distant fields so that some day
peace may grow there, in a place where peace has never grown before.
Secretly    with valor    and honor    to create    peace and    freedom.
  Yes            we             know           what           you           do.    



[This message has been edited by Ratleader (03-12-2003 01:23 AM).]

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Rat - this is amazing - just inspired me here - you did - and I cannot help but see that the poem looks like wingspan - very nice - xxoo
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A wonderful tribute to those who have left their homeland to fight for our freedom in the name of peace.  

Bless you for this~
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a chap i know flew some of those.

he shows off a picture of him infront of his bird; that is all he says .

nice poem and a better tribute.

-majnu
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4 posted 03-12-2003 01:45 AM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

He's out there right now, doing the work of peace.

Pray for him.

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wonderful tribute!
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He is in my prayers.

A wonderful tribute Ratleader.

Maree
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creaqtive and insightful, cool visual
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Wonderful tribute! Prayers going up!

Deb
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Yes, with valor and honor. I salute them and you for this loving, sensitive tribute for those protecting us and striving to make and keep peace and freedom.

Loved the design of words on page.

Hugs, Pat

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10 posted 03-12-2003 07:44 AM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Ed, the way you wrote this is to be commended...the need for not knowing where he went or what he was carrying on his aircraft being emphasized.

I live in an area where bombs are tested at the military base regularly. Yesterday one of the most powerful type bombs we have was tested (how they do this without anyone getting hurt I don't know, nor do I need to know). I just wish that the national news media (which goes all over the world) wouldn't make such a big deal about it. In so doing, they've made our state a very big target.
This whole thing scares me a lot. The pilot you are speaking of is in my prayers, as well as all our troops.

Ethel
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Ed...So many people going, going to the place of uncertain times, to fight somewhere about something and perhaps die.  My prayers are with them.  Thank you for this!
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Those who serve, serve well.  Thank you for this, Ed.

If I whisper, will you listen?...

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My  brother is in the Navy.  There are many times when he is called back to his ship to go out to sea...  All we get is a call that he is leaving.  That makes it harder, and easier...depends on how you look at it.  I do know the fear though...and my prayers are with you and the one you wrote about...as well as all of our service men/women.

KS
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He is along with all the others held in prayer.  Bless you for this Ed, very well done.
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Oh, well done! Well done indeed!

Nan (Pilgrim variety)

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16 posted 03-13-2003 08:32 PM       View Profile for Suetang   Email Suetang   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Suetang

Hello Ed

Your words spoke volumes and I shudder to think what these people must go through and the things they see.  I can hardly watch the news anymore because the world is in such a depressing state, so I lose myself in words instead.

Take care......Sue

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Love is an ocean
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Ratleader, you're a masterof words and styles awesome write
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Ed, extremely well done and presented.
I too will pray for those who serve in the name of peace.
~Heart hugs~

~ Trace my body with your words..
And in doing so, you touch my heart. ~

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Some of the best writers this site has to offer have read my little poem and were moved by it.

I'm in awe of that. It honestly humbles me. I just want each of you to know it.

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20 posted 03-13-2003 11:02 PM       View Profile for inkedgoddess   Email inkedgoddess   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inkedgoddess

were u a math whiz?
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LOL-- I sucked at it! If I were good at math, I'd have been an aeronautical engineer, and probably wouldn't have written a word of poetry after the age of 16......

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Lovely tribute to a friend and for all who serve this country
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Beautiful tribute. *S* Yes, we know... we appreciate... we thank... and we pray.
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Very nice poem, big bro.     I hope your friend comes home safely and soon.
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