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L J Hippler

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Snapshots
by L J Hippler
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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Mental snapshots on the fringes of the invasion of Iraq.


Snap Shots

Fighters take off at night
Lots of them
They go off in pairs
Orange glow of afterburners is all we see
Hurricanes are the loudest
Sides of the tent quiver
After a while, no one even looks
They go on all night

Bright Qatari sun, white sand and rock
Gathering troops in the morning
American security forces -- Humvees sport .50 calibers
Roar past cliques of pretty Australian girls, in floppy Boonie hats and desert fatigues

Holy week in the desert. Chapel tent is packed
Father Dominic has holy water in a Hills Brothers coffee can
We all wish we were home

Young Brit girl at the final checkpoint today
Sides of her head shaved close
Proud -- green beret, red and blue belt
She could be my student
She could be my daughter
She smiles, raises the big, automatic weapon in salute

Fighters take off at night
They go off in pairs
They go on all night
  

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Reviewed by June Marshall 9/25/2013
From one who always rhymes their poems, I found this one of yours to be quite moving, I actually had a vision in my mind of what you saw and felt, How often we forget the sacrifice military personnel deal with each day. Thanks for writing this Larry.
Reviewed by Lorri Proctor 8/13/2012
Glad I came across this very poignant poem. Your ability to be there in a scene is always brilliant. You have a 'movie' mind.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 9/24/2008
Ecellent writing sweet man....be well and always safe...Hugssss
Reviewed by Charlie 8/19/2008
Vivid details and something of the atmosphere too in these short lines. Good write. My favorite parts: the brit girl... makes one stop and personalize the moment-- could be my student, my sister, my niece... proud... --Charlie
Reviewed by Linda Law 8/7/2008
Very nicely done Larry.. I totally enjoy movies with war scenes that involve planes.. and I become very sad too for those who were lost in battles. Your writing is masculine, yet touching. thank you, lindalaw
Reviewed by Donelle Knudsen 8/5/2008
I loved this poem - I followed the first Gulf War in 1991 - the year our son turned 18. Now I support our brave men and women stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thank you for the vivid images. We need to remember our loved ones, friends, and neighbors who are so many miles away & pray for their safe return.
Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 1/30/2008
This poem made me nostalgic for my days in Kuwait. You capture the mood eloquently with your words and scenes from the desert and the war. Well done!
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 1/26/2008
Lonely vigil, these fighter planes -- expressed well as is the contrast with life itself going on as they do this flight. R
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 11/27/2007
A vivid and moving "snapshot," Larry.
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 8/31/2007
What's very interesting about this poem is how it actually portrays our human reactions when in stressfull situations. Our brains are programed to take in these "Snapshots", such as you express, visual and emotional, and store them forever. . .returning throughout the rest of a lifetime, always utilizing it for whatever reason, as a means to who we've become, since. . .
Excellent~
Love and Peace~
Kimmy
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Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 8/30/2007
A wonderful tribute to the brave soldiers, make your readers feel for them. Good job with this!!!

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Melinda Josiah Geaumont 7/22/2007
Poignant and riveting. Thank you for sharing insight in a time when few seem to possess it. "We all wish we were home." As a mom of a soldier, we all wait anxiously for this period in history to be over.
All the best - Melinda
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 4/12/2007
Larry, you portray well the pride and the acceptance\conditioning of the soldiers who must do their duty and for whom the unusual becomes the norm...so glad you call the invasion just that...visually, a clear picture drawn with few words...well done.

Gina
Reviewed by Jerelyn Craden 3/3/2007
So glad you found my site so that I now know about you and your work.
This poem is powerful, vivid, and provides a window into this unfortunate reality that I would otherwise not be privvy to. Holy water in a coffe can. Great stuff. Thank you! Jerelyn
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/1/2007
Tragic snapshots. Well done. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Jean Pike 2/22/2007
A very vivid and moving portrayal of the invasion and the human side of the soldiers. Well done L J.
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 2/14/2007
I can picture the field of battle, yet in it are brave men and women whom love life itself.Happy Valentines day.
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