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until ... somewhere in country
by jeanne rene watson

Friday, March 21, 2014
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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A memory recalled and related to the present ...

 

when i was seventeen my boy friends went off to war
i wrote letters and sent rosary beads from the holy land

they sent me stiff,  thin-lipped boot camp pictures
and later colored photos of ageless young men
grinning in front of a camera, arms over shoulders, tugging each other
posing for a group shot

while somewhere in country …

still, war was far from my reality
the children of war far, far from my comprehension
except for words scribbled and deposited
into the mail box with the red flag
from boy friends who continued to write

at home
i went to university but i did not march
and i did not wear black arm bands
perhaps because rudy asked me to keep
his track medals and 45’s

until

he came back

but, maybe i did not march
because my father had written letters to
girlfriends and his mother twenty-seven years earlier

while somewhere in country …

and, he shared with his daughter albums of ageless young men
smiling at the camera, arms over shoulders
pulling each other into a group shot

my boy friends all came home
i asked rudy for a boonie hat
which he never gave me
and he told me to keep his medals and 45’s

it was a yellow box
where the letters kept for many years
never re-read
until
i threw each one away
seventeen was a long, long time ago
these men were far, far from my reality

until

my husband hugs our son
who left
for somewhere in country …

i looked
at this ageless old man
as he sat down and reclined the lazy boy
staring at an awkward boot camp picture on our living room wall
i understood somewhere ever present in his reality
he stands in front of the camera, some buddy’s arm over his shoulder
dragging him into a group shot

and i …
i took out a pencil and some paper
 


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Reviewed by William Bonilla 3/24/2014
an excellent write Jeanne
I am vet and so is my oldest son both marines
I remember sending home pictures to my now wife of friends
with arms around our shoulders, smiling for the folks back
then I came home.
several years later, I was home praying for my sone to return
from Desert Storm 1st Iraqi war, as her send us pictures of him and his friends
smiling for the folks back home
he now is home praying his three son dont find themselves some where
in no man's land taking pictures to send home smiling for the fplks back home.
love & Peace be with you

William
Reviewed by jude forese 3/22/2014
intensely self-reflective ... a universal declaration of this world's state of being ...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/22/2014
Your verses are a powerful reminder of an ageless and timeless theme (sadly) of this life/world, Jeanne. Thank you for sharing. Love, peace, and best wishes to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/22/2014
So poignant I started to cry. Each generation they go off to war. Still thinking of their endless youth and invincibility. Each generation there is less need to go, but they go still.

Ron
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 3/22/2014
A truly sentimental write to treasure! War buddies seems to always stand shoulders to shoulders while taking photographs, and also with outstretched arms on each others shoulders. It is probably because they feel close to each other, and that they place their trust in each other for their safety during wars. They are buddies!!

Sandie :o)

Reviewed by Budd Nelson 3/22/2014
war is sometimes hardest on those left behind
budd



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