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Date Added: May 22, 2010 23:05:04 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Cheapened Life

We went to war and saw the hate,
the pain within all eyes.
We saw the waste, the cheapened life,
and heard the war born lies.
We felt the sorrow, the hidden fears,
the trust no longer there.
We knew within our crying hearts
God really did not care.

We saw the children with bare feet
play amongst the trash.
We saw the homes and charred bodies,
their country turned to ash.
We saw the slaughter of innocent lives,
in death Ö the soul of man,
the silent tears from lonely mothers,
and a child without her hand.

We saw all hell within the hearts
of a people who didn't know love.
We saw the terror of daily life,
and a screaming turtledove.
We saw the horrors of man toward man,
his anger uncontrolled.
We saw bombs falling from the sky
the killing, oh ... so cold.

We saw strange things none other saw;
the love of a dying mate,
the love of a child for a little puppy
when the puppy met its fate.
We saw the hearts of frightened men
turned hard with the fears of battle.
We saw the souls of warrior children,
so starved their bones would rattle.

We saw old age within a child,
who hadnít experienced life.
We saw a man with muddy tears
bury his pregnant wife.
We saw the lessons of hate gone wild,
of a hell upon this earth,
of little girls with bloody apparel
slaughtered for innocent birth.

We saw within our very souls
of the innocent who carried this hate.
They could have been the children in us.
These might have been our fates.
We felt a fright within our hearts;
We  Ö also have kin we cherish.
Our desire for them is to love their lives
not go to war to perish.

We saw these things because we answered
our country's call to arms.
We ... are the soldiers you sent to war
to keep us all from harm.

Please God,
donít let us pass these horrors
on to our children.

Author's Notes:

Prelude to Memorial Day
Dedicated to all the men and women who answer their country's call;
our country ... our enemy's country.  They also, see the horrors.

I thought I had already posted this poem,, but it wasn't on my stats list.
If anyone remembers it under a different name please tell me.
It has been changed if I did post it before.

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Comment By: Freejess on May 23, 2010 02:37:11 AM Report

You've commented on several of my poems about my time on the frontlines. This piece made me cry....very heartfelt and true. Thank you for posting this.

Comment By: PremiumHOPE on May 23, 2010 12:01:33 AM Report
I haven't been to vocal about it but I served in the naval reserves, never went to war but understand the desire to serve our country.  I consider myself fortunate that I did not witness such things because I think my sanity would  eluded me forever if I had.  I also feel our government needs to honor the living soldiers that have fallen through the cracks.  I have known many.  Great poem.


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