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Small Pain in myChest - annual repost.

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I try to repost this every Veteran's Day in rememberance. It's not necessary for those of you who have seen it over the years to respond. You
have responded many times and I am grateful for every one. It's just my tradition...
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The soldier boy was sitting calmly underneath that tree.
As I approached it, I could see him beckoning to me.
The battle had been long and hard and lasted through the night
And scores of figures on the ground lay still by morning's light

"I wonder if you'd help me, sir", he smiled as best he could."
A sip of water on this morn would surely do me good.
We fought all day and fought all night with scarcely any rest -
A sip of water for I have a small pain in my chest."

As I looked at him, I could see the large stain on his shirt
All reddish-brown from his warm blood mixed in with Asian dirt.
"Not much", said he. "I count myself more lucky than the rest.
They're all gone while I just have a small pain in my chest."

"Must be fatigue", he weakIy smiled. "I must be getting old.
I see the sun is shining bright and yet I'm feeling cold.
We climbed the hill, two hundred strong, but as we cleared the crest,
The night exploded and I felt this small pain in my chest."

"I looked around to get some aid - the only things I found
Were big, deep craters in the earth - bodies on the ground.
I kept an firing at them, sir. I tried to do my best,
But finally sat down with this small pain in my chest."

"I'm grateful, sir", he whispered, as I handed my canteen
And smiled a smile that was, I think, the brightest that I've seen.
"Seems silly that a man my size so full of vim and zest,
Could find himself defeated by a small pain in his chest."

"What would my wife be thinking of her man so strong and grown,
If she could see me sitting here, too weak to stand alone?
Could my mother have imagined, as she held me to her breast,
That I'd be sitting HERE one day with this pain in my chest?"

"Can it be getting dark so soon?" He winced up at the sun.
"It's growing dim and I thought that the day had just begun.
I think, before I travel on, I'll get a little rest ..........
And, quietly, the boy died from that small pain in his chest

I don't recall what happened then. I think I must have cried;
I put my arms around him and I pulled him to my side
And, as I held him to me, I could feel our wounds were pressed
The large one in my heart against the small one in his chest.
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© Copyright 2006 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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thank you
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And I read it, and I read it
ANd I havae read it to others
A masterpiece
One of my favorite of ALL poems I have ever read

Liz
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Thank you 'Deer.

Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile~
                                    

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Balladeer
This is by far my favorite of yours.
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Not respond?  Not say, "thank you?"

It's our tradition, too, Sir.

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'Deer darling man, and a fine tradition it is too, I have a tradition too, it is to reread this poem whenever I can, because not only is it a fabulously well written poem, it also, and just as importantly in my opinion, relates a scene that clarifies the truth about war. It also defines true heroism, add to that anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing your mellifluous tone reading this, cannot deny the power this piece has to move a soul.

Love and warm stuff
as always
Mushy

Tomorrow is another day I don't know what it holds
but I can face the future with courage brave and bold

Footprints In My Heart
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Everytime I read this...EVERYTIME, I get something from it. Thank you dear man. Unfortunately I slept though our remembrance service, but as I'd been travelling for more than three days I hope I can be forgiven just this once.

Here in the midst of my lonely abyss, a single joy I find...your presence in my mind.  Unknown


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Thank you,old friends. I don't mean OLD but....well, on second thought, I don't see any spring chickens here. Hey, we're not old....we're VETERANS!

I appreciate your kind words and all of the support you have shown over the years. I hope you all had a wonderful day.
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Deer, you know that I could not let this go by with out reading it again. Had the pleasure of going to a reunion of the Sailors and Marines who served on the U.S.S. Houston this Sept. Met some wonderful survivors of World War 11 and the battle of Leyte. My heart melted as these brave veterans recounted stories I had never heard because my husband did not choose to tell them. Bless you again for your wonderful poetry. martyjo
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First time i've read it..since i entered this year..but it impressed me a lot,
it has a lot of feeling and it made me cry a little...just excellent, i really loved it.
Denis.
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martyjo, that must have been quite an experience....and I can imagine their chests puffed out and their eyes twinkling as they recounted the times. Thanks for sharing...

Denis...I thank you for being moved by the words. Best to you..
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Exactly what Mushy said. I never forget Poet's night in New Port Richie, listening to your voice. You should make a recording, like you did with some of your other poems.

I wrote a new poem for Veterans day, about Flanders fields of poppies red and the trenches of the IJzer line in Belgium, but I think I posted it a bit too early.

Like scattered leaves...my words will flow

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Thank you. This poem never fails to make me cry.
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Unbearably moving! No, no Mother would have her son live such an experience.
But that this boy did not die alone is comforting and that his story was recorded in this way is a gift too.

Truly an outstanding piece of poetry!

Love,
Margherita
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Always a pleasure to read again and to remember a most pleasant time in Florida.


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I have to add this to my library. Oh my god! One of the best pieces of work I have ever read I think.Wow. My first time reading it, but I glad I  stopped by open and clicked this thread. Thank you very much for posting it this year.

Sadly I am in italy otherwise I would have been able to go to a Veterans service. I was in school all day and not able to pay tribute to the heroes of those times.  

One more comment my summing up of this poem.

Alot of hero in a single soldier.
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Hey, my dearest friend, Mr. Balladeer, I loved this when I first read it. And, I love it now. I hope you are doing well. I think of you often. And, I am still working on that Iambic Pentameter. Some day, I just might get it.
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You know...you know I did...and yes,  It
brought a tear to my eyes...has never failed
yet to do so.
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and I will toss roses, every time.
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...and wear poppies, even if not the season.



Well done, Poet.

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(angel friendship and support hugs for all military families) This is a most heartfelt, emotional dedication, dearest friend, as I too honor you and your family who has made this brave, noble sacrifice for this country, which glistens from sea to shining sea through such dedication.



Though I have and always will honor our brave young men and women in uniform, this Veterans Day has been an especially emotional one for me, as this is the first Veterans Day since my cousin Jeremy Shank was killed September 6th in Balad, Iraq, who was a corporal on a dismounted security patrol when he encountered enemy forces using small arms.

Every day his family is in my heart and prayers, and exactly why, as producer of the KBOO Evening News, I believe it's crucial that our young men and women in uniform deserve to know that they inspire us back home, and that's why I balance the newscast between airing the ugly truths of the war in general with the wonderful, positive things our young men and women do for communities all across Iraq. I've aired stories about six elementary and middle schools being remodeled and reopened in Kirkuk thanks to on-ground efforts by U.S soldiers, stories about new health care facilities being opened by troops in the Wassit Province, stories about this new new surgical and pregnancy wing in northern Baghdad, about this deaf 3-year old Iraqi girl named Amina being taken to Miami by Army Special Forces doctor Col. Warner Anderson, so she can receive a cochlear implant that has helped her hear again. And I've consistently aired stories like these since I first started volunteering there.

Anyway, I went out in support of the veterans yestersay by participating in the 32nd Annual Veterans Day Parade in northeast Portland. They had Oregon's only living winner of the Medal of Honor, Robert Maxwell, as the parade's grand marshal, who threw himself on a hand grenade in World War II and saved many lives and kept military communications operating through that noble act. (wipes tear) That was just one of many moving stories and sights of the day.

(angel friendship hugs) The times continue to change, but the courageous spirits who have graciously served this nation will never be forgotten, and I know these wonderful, compassionate words will forever prevail against the tests of time! (sigh) God Bless You, dearest friend, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Michael, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton


"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"

Mother Teresa
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Titia.....ask and you shall receive... http://media.putfile.com/Small-Pain-in-my-Chest .  I will look for your poem. Thank you, Dutchie!

Poet deVine....thanks for your support for all these years.

Margherita....Yes, the soldiers are not the only victims. Their families are, also. I appreciate your kind words.

Maureen...a most pleasant time indeed. It would be great to repeat it someday!

rhia....I'm glad you stopped by, too! Italy or not,  you can celebrate the day in your mind, which I'm sure you did.

Hey, Sue!...I think of you also and hope things are well with you. You will get that Iambic....I know you will!

Serenity......I know. I have  a hanky

Sunshine...Flanders Field is beautiful this time of year...

Noah.....your cousin, and thousands like him, are what this day is all about. I grieve for your loss and salute your own patriotism and dedication to your country.
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:: Sits quietly ::
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I was so moved by this poem that I had to wander away to absorb it.

It lingers.

Alison
 
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