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A Place Called Hell
by Felix LeRoy Perry
Friday, October 14, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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When the GI Joe soldier goes to war he often starts out with a well meaning sense of honour and duty to his country...sometimes though it is that very duty under orders that destorys honour itself.


The soldier sits in a burned out home


Holds a baby rubber dolly to his breast


He doesnít see the smear of black


Dulling the shiney medals on his chest


 


He sees in stead a little girl cradling a doll


Much like his own little girl does at home


Then a single teardrop like a diamond jewel


Calls out to him what he has always known


 


A rifle lays across his lap, his helmet on the ground


He places the metal on his head the rifle in his hand


Lays the doll with a motherís gentle touch


Itís all too much for him to understand


 


Duty and honour lost in the smoke and lies they sell


In this place of hate and hell!


 


 


 

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Reviewed by Tabitha Carter 8/31/2008
ooh....cold chills and goosebumps and makes me want to bring everyone home and cradle them. The emotion is right there and sits in your throat to cry out. I liked this one but it's heavy...that's exactly what poems are supposed to do, grab, yank, and get you to realize what's going on. Well done.
Reviewed by Axilea MU 11/10/2007
It is hard to be reminded of the cruelty of war. Although this is a well crafted piece, it still hurts to know.

I agree with what you say in the introduction...

Take care!

AXILEA
Reviewed by Debra Baker 6/21/2007
This poem struck me right in the heart. I could only imagine the hell and hate along with the tears of Vietnam. Memories, each of them will carry the rest of their lives. I'll cry a tear tonight Fee, for all of those who never came back. I salute you on this one.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/16/2007
So true and yet so sad,the price you have to pay for freedom. very well written Felix. Thank you, Love your Cuz, Rose XOXO
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 7/21/2006
So very sad, but so very needed in the world of today AND yesterday. It's those moments you write of that have happened in every war since time began. The sad price of freedom. Nicely done!
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 10/19/2005
Felix,

Wow, I know this to be true. So many of my brother's friends (and my 1st) husband came back from Viet-Nam very different people. God bless them all.

You've written a stark piece of a very sad situation.

Janny xoxoxo
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 10/18/2005
A very loving heartfelt write Felix, it puts me in mind of a movie with MJ Fox some years ago, where he did all he could to save the woman, and took a battering for it, either way the boys get battered emotionally when they go into save women children and men who have been wounded or worse.
Wonderfully penned.
Ty :)
Ch'erie
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 10/18/2005
Fleix you have written a very emotional poem of what a soldier in the field feels, when he comes on devastation and a young child is the victim. It is sad that mothers, children and whole families are destroyed by bombs, gunshots, hand grenades, rockets launched from the ships nearby. I HATE WAR!!! Thnx for sharing dear brother. May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, stubborn to a fault, joy to the world, peace on earth, & (((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your still sad and terrified little sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/16/2005
War is hell and you say it well, Felix. Merci mon ami. Love and peace to you.

Regis
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 10/16/2005
Great write! Bravo, poet!
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 10/16/2005
Felix,
There are many sides to a soldier's pain, and there are many sides to their victories. They are warrior, fighter of freedom, yet they are parent, son, brother, caretaker, and human. Without them, we would not be. They carry not only the spirit of greatness within them, they carry the burden of death and they carry it with the respect it deserves.
This is a very compassionate and caring write Felix, and it stands alone in the clarity it brings to the side of the soldier we sometimes forget exists. The human side.
Great work!

Lisa
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 10/16/2005
Wow...forcefull and dynamic, and full of compassion.
Enjoyed...
Reviewed by karen beecher (Reader) 10/15/2005
I salute the guys and girls that are over there fighting to keep the country that I live in free from terrorists. I would like to send each and every one of the a copy of this poem, but can only send it to the ones that I know, and maybe they will share it with someone else. I shed a tear of my own while reading this one. Really good. Karen
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 10/14/2005
War is hell...as grateful as I am to all who have had the heart and the courage to serve so that I can have the life I do today, I am equally as grateful that I never was the one who was called to be the warrior. Don't misunderstand me, I would do the job if I was called to, for freedom, I honestly believe, is worth the fight; but I thank God that it was not my destiny to be a soldier.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Huda Orfali 10/14/2005
Felix this is a masterpiece
thanks for sharing
Reviewed by jude forese 10/14/2005
an most vivid glimpse into a soldier's enduring heartache ...
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 10/14/2005
An outstanding piece of poetry! Sad...

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o(
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/14/2005
None of us can ever know the truth of each individual serving soldier's personal hell, but some have great empathy and insight into it, such as you display here, Felix. Almost too painful to contemplate, this tearing of the self in half - devotion on the one hand and duty on the other. There is the objective realities of war which we all can know something about... but the subjective torments of all those caught up in the personal traumas on both sides of the fence must be absolutely soul-destroying. You are brave and strong to tackle such a subject in this way, and have done so with both a journalistic and personal touch. Very well done, Felix! The images speak for themselves. Bless you. Kate xx
Reviewed by June Thompson 10/14/2005
my father would have cherished this I am sure

well done
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/14/2005
Felix,

Painful...very painful. There are no winners at war. Excellent, shattering write.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 10/14/2005
wow, too much...this was painful to read
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/14/2005
Par excellence....Imagery just way too vivid!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Leysa Lowery 10/14/2005
Ah, Felix, the horrors of war. Even if the cause be just, and I'm not even attempting to take sides on the current war, the horrors remain for the soldiers and the people. Poignant write.
Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez 10/14/2005
Felix , absolutely excellent piece!
Really well expressed and truth of this sad reality
is very moving! Really well done my friend!
Peace and joy to you and yours',

Rich Criso Suarez



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