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It Wasn't Mine
by Lisa Hilbers

Monday, February 20, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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It Wasn't Mine


It wasn't mine; Yet I felt the last of
its warmth turn cold-
I was there when the seasons failed
to rebirth-
and the air lay stilled; and time had been stolen
away; in a single fainted breath-
When the arts of living and life, ran together in
an outcry of lost words-
It left me wrapped in a blanket thick; smothered
by numbness of frozen pain

It wasn't mine; Yet I tasted the vile odor of
its silk crimson lace-
It rained into my heart; Flooding my soul with
the grief it promised-
and the darkness it embraced and reigned over;
and through-
It wasn't mine; Yet I could see where I had lost
the power of control-
It filled my eyes and my palms with the tainted oils
of incompleteness-
making urgent, seem much less likely to ever be again

It wasn't mine; Yet it made me review all facets; either
small or large, of all the accomplishments I'd ever claimed-
then let me know; I had not one that would compare-
It wasn't mine; This gift of truth, honor, compassion, bravery;
No, it wasn't mine until he had given it to me-
Life; His life-
And so I stood motionless until the last car had passed-
and then I cried for I knew another soldier had faced his
last and final battle

© Lisa Hilbers


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Reviewed by jude forese 2/20/2006
a moving, beautifully penned poem ...
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 2/20/2006
Wow, Lisa, this one brings tears. Beautifully done.
Reviewed by Bennett 2/20/2006
This is exactl how I have always felt when someone died ar walked out of my life. Life is such a journey and gives us plenty to write about. Very nice read and relative.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/20/2006
This poem just reaches into the chambers of the heart and rips out hunks before it finally settles into the soul. I am rendered (nearly) speachless as I feel the emotions of sadness, emptiness, pride, gratituds and humility. I am overwhelmed that there are those who so love and believe in freedom that they are willing to face the threat, and sometimes the reality, of death so that we can live in this great land of liberty. Thank you, Lisa, once again you have touched my heart and have drawn my spirit to walk along your same path and become one with those who have perished. Feel better soon, Lisa, I am keeping you in my prayers.
Take care,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/20/2006

You need to have this poem published; in fact, ALL of your poems! You are great at what you do!

Hope you are feeling better; you are in my prayers, sweetie!

(((Gentle Hugs))) and much love, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/20/2006

I'm glad you're back; I've missed you. Hope you're feeling stronger.

You haven't lost the ability to make us think...cry...and force us to confront the sacrifices made in freedom's name. Good on you--never let us forget. An outstanding, powerfully poignant reminder--well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

I concur with Jerry as well--you need to get this to a publisher toot-suite!
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/20/2006
Strong, fascinating and compelling! Jerry is absolutely right!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/20/2006
So powerful Lisa that it pulls the heart strings like they are hooked to a tow truck. The sad truth you present is all too often blind to the eyesight of the masses and only a few careing people recognize and feel the pain of a soldiers funeral.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/20/2006
Hell, Lisa, a LOT of your stuff needs to be published. This is yet one more that rips at the very sould of the reader.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/20/2006
One of your very best Lisa!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/20/2006
Lisa, you wring out the heart and soul with your soldier poems!
This one is so beautifully composed it needs to be published!
Splendid work!

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