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Sidewalk Semper Fi
by +Steven Curtis Lance

Sunday, February 26, 2006
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My son and I were walking downtown and ran into the guy who used to stand next to him in Concert Choir at Orange High School where they sang my music together; Eric was just back from his third tour in Iraq.

Sidewalk Semper Fi

I hugged that boy from Concert Choir tonight
Right out of high school he joined the Marines
And he told me he had just gotten back
From his third tour of duty in Iraq

I hugged him grateful that he seemed all right

Standing on the sidewalk here at home means
So much more now having been wounded there
In Fallujah second tour and my prayer
Is that all these kids will come back to me

Then I saw that edge of war in his eyes

From first blood on the blade of destiny
Adrenaline flash smoke flame dust and fear
Twenty-one fifty-one both realize
Whether in war or on the sidewalk here:

Life is never how we thought it would be

+Steven Curtis Lance

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Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/27/2006
How right you are, life is never how we thought it would be, but then sometimes we are surprised with such great blessings, like finding a soldier alive that could easily have lost his life.
A wonderful write!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/26/2006

an incredible write all around! very well done; bravo!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/26/2006
This is one of your best offerings to date Steve, I actually felt like /I was there on the sidewalk looking into the eyes of this young soldiers pain.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/26/2006

You make such a powerful impact with this excellent write; the line, "then I saw that edge of war in his eyes" is spot on. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 2/26/2006
'Then I saw that edge of war in his eyes'...what an impact you make with your words, Steven. Boy oh boy, life truly isn't what we thought it would be...what a poignant truth!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/26/2006
Very truthful impact on the reader. I have faced my own death and the death of others. It does change you. Most times for the better :-)
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