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  The Vet And The Necklace
by J. Allen Wilson
Sunday, May 29, 2005
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Inspired by a necklace that Leah had on yesterday

~My Salute to all who know~

The Vet & The Necklace




She in all her glory sashayed down the sunny summer street.

Decked in her opulent heels, and graced with looks that would surely kill.

She would skip, dance and sing merry all along her way,

 Her hair was that of an angel, shimmering and golden blonde.

 Her eyes were kind and soft as her skin did appear,

Which was beautifully tanned a soft delicate bronze.


Every day, I would see her, as she would come strolling down the street

And every day she would pass me by never once stopping,

Nor ever seeing me, though I sat in plain view at her feet.


I can't much blame her, I suppose,

 For you see, I am missing certain members,

 Where my lower limbs are supposed to go.

Lost them I did in a village not far from Haiphong.


Then one day, as she came strolling my way,

I noticed something different about her look….

It wasn't her hair,

For it was the same,

 Nor was it the clothes that she wore,


It Was then I realized, as a tiny glint of light struck my eyes,

That it came from the silver necklace, she had adorned.

The closer she came, the clearer her new jewel became.

For I could see clearly on this sliver plate, stood an engraving

which depicted what had became many a good man's fate.


A fate in which I truly understand,

One in which providence had delivered on demand.


So here I sit on this sunny street,

And for the first time ever, she is looking at me.

I raise my head, to greet her stare

And I feel a chill steal across the summer's air.


I humbled as she looked at me with her soft and caring eyes,

And then without hesitation she slowly knelt down by my side.

When she spoke, it was with the voice that angels would use to sing,

"You know sir, it was not until today that I truly realized,

that it was the sacrifices that you and others like you made,

for it is by you and others brave and true …

which has given to me the freedom of this privileged life,

So from the bottom of my heart, I truly want to say,

Thank you sir…. for everything."


So this day and unto me, this crippled and bitter man,

Came a new understanding of life and its mysterious plan.

For it was today that I finally understood and truly realized,

That what I lost way back then was not to be so ever prized

As was the joy of this freedom

That shone forth from this strangers eyes.


~ How did she know~


~Peace to all that do~


J. Allen Wilson © 2005

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/1/2005

Can't review for the tears--tahnk you for this one--saving it--bless you!

(((HUGS))) and lvoe, Kalra. :( *tears8
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 5/30/2005
Allen, thank you for this offering on Memorial Day. I love the story form. Your compassion always shines through these writes. Dawn
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 5/29/2005
This is very beautiful and I wore Paul Galani's tag. Thanks for the write.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 5/29/2005
This is such an emotional poem. The necklace I remember so well I wore bracelets and necklaces. All the kids and teachers in my school did. It is very hard to read this with the tears streaming from my eyes.
To you Sir,
such a warm heartfelt poem and I truly with all of my heart hope that those who have made sacrifices of all kinds for me and my freedom know just how much I love them appreciate, respect, honor and admire them and hope they feel the hugs and the kisses for them that I give to them from deep within my heart each minute of all todays.
Thank You Allen for this wonderful poem. xoox
Reviewed by Lori Moore 5/29/2005
Very nice.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/29/2005
Nobody could write this combination story in poem form better. You open our eyes to the war of past ages and make us rethink our present day wars and hope for the end of future wars. Id this is a true story it is a beautiful one well shared.

Reviewed by Sherry Heim 5/29/2005
This is awesome, Allen! A story of truth that comes with war. I often wonder if it is harder on those who have been dismembered or disfigured than it is on those who gave the entirity of their lives to the war. It is treasured moments like the one you express above that give each of us a reality check. What was given was a huge price to pay, but the gift that it granted to so many takes courage to see through. He is a guardian of freedom and is honored by many if he knows it or not.
Take care,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/29/2005
A simply magnificent write Allen! A gem to keep and treasure! Thank you!


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