Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Soldier's Salute


In honor of the poetry tournament so many of my fellow 12 X 12ers are participating in, and for all the heros around the world who gave their all to help make a world a better place for everyone, I dedicate the following poem...


THE HOMECOMING
by: Donna Martin

Walk softly through the creeping vines,
And never lead your heart astray;
‘Til the last dancer touches the floor,
And the fiddler has had his pay.

Play softly ‘til the golden sun sets,
And never let the rains come;
‘Til the last tune sings no more,
And at last they bring you home




Lie softly on your bed of green
And never give up the fight;
‘Til the last flower has had it’s bloom,
And the day leaves with fading light.

Sleep quietly in your darkened abode,
And never stop casting a stone;
‘Til all the stars have lost their shine,
And you find yourself all alone.




Dream sweetly in your world of dreams;
And never let them out of your sight;
‘Til the last mourner has shed a tear,
And at last you welcome the night.

Live forever on in the hearts of men,
And never stop ‘til warriors roam.
‘Til the last hope is cast away,
And they finally bring you home.



14 comments:

  1. A beautiful and appropriate poem dedicated to those who sacrifice so much for us.

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    1. Thank you, Stephen...my brother was an officer in the Navy and served 20 years before retiring. So many lives lost in senseless battles...

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    1. Thank you, Penny. I wrote this many years ago but never let anyone read it until now.

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  3. You're going to make me cry.

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    1. Not trying to, Janet, just trying to honor the world's heros...

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    1. Thank you, Susanna! I'm glad you stopped by and come back any time!

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  5. Beautiful poem and tribute. This vet thanks you.
    Richard

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    1. No, Richard, thank YOU for the service to your country. My father was in the Air Force, my brother, sister, and brother-in-law were all in the Navy and I understand in some small way the sacrifices made to dedicate one's life to the military...

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    1. Well, thanks Susanne...I try...lol. I'm glad you liked it and I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing weekend!

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    1. Awwww, thanks Diane...I'm glad you liked it...

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