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A Soldiers Dying Respect
by Felix LeRoy Perry

Friday, January 20, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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For all those who served so we can be free...

A Soldiers Dying Respects

Oh mother dear,dear mother, I wish somehow you were here

To sing to me sweet lullabies and special childhood rhymes

To ease my hurt as the last ragged breaths tear through my chest

Never mind, I just dream of you and Dad in better times

I grasp and cling the blood wet sand of foreign land

While through the smoke and roar of hell I call a name

The name of the girl I loved and left so far behind

Who'll know at least her soldier didn't die in shame

A medic child too soon a man writes down my dying words

One hand holds a red soaked dressing to my chest

Deep down we both know though that it's far too late

My makers sent his angels and soon I'll enjoy my final rest

It's then I see our flag of glory, battered and ragged but held high

I smile to the medic hovering close and hear his heavy sigh

He helps me raise my right hand hand up to my forehead

So together we offer it one final salute in respect before I die.

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Reviewed by Candy T (Reader) 1/22/2006
reading this made me think of 'do not stand and weep' by the unknown soldier. i cannot even conceive of allowing my son to join the army (god, i won't even let him play contact sport!). i realise that its necessary under the cicumstances, but no matter how i try, i just can't accept that war is the answer.
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 1/22/2006
A difficult poem to read, but respectful and touching.
Reviewed by jude forese 1/22/2006
excellent tribute to those who have sacrificed life and limb so we can remain free ...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/22/2006
Touching read Felix!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Bobbi Duffy 1/21/2006
My God, I was on the battlefield reading this poem. I could feel the pain and the hear the shots. I could see the red cloth and yet I felt a calmness of a man who faced death as a hero. This is definatley a keeper, Felix. You did a great job.

Reviewed by karen beecher (Reader) 1/21/2006
You said it all so vividly. Those serving their country and willing to give their lives for us are the real heroes. The look of happiness on their faces and the faces of their families is something that really melts my heart. The welcome home festivities for them is something that they can remember for the rest of their lives. But, yes there are those that can't participate in these festivities, that have given their lives for us. The story behind this poem is so real and heart breaking. Thanks for sharing it with us. Karen
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 1/21/2006
Oh the painful visuals that came along with this. Yes you know my weaknesses, and these are going to make me cry.
We owe them so much. So much that we will and could never repay to them what they have time after time given so unselfishly to us throughout history.
Thank You Felix..

Reviewed by Sherry Heim 1/20/2006
A very sad and beautiful tribute to those who gave all that they had that you and I can live in freedom. Thank you for this rememberance, Felix, there can never be enough of them.
Take care,
Reviewed by J M 1/20/2006
Beautiful and heartfelt tribute to those that serve their countries. One to be proud of ......
Reviewed by Pamela garner 1/20/2006
powerful piece my friend. Very powerful.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/20/2006
*tears* As a veteran, I salute you, Felix; powerfully moving tribute to our men and women in uniform. Thank you, Sir!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/20/2006
Reminds me of the extremely moving photo of the soldier saluting the flag with a handless limb that appeared on Peter's page, I think, recently. This is gut-wrenchingly visceral, Pops, and you paint a too-vivid picture, almost, of what it means to hold true right until the very end, giving your all as well as recalling and "gathering in" your "all" as it ever has been to you in these your final moments. Powerful and graphic. Bless you and your constant vigilance and thoughtfulness. To say nothing of your care and concern. LOL Kate xx

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