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Death By Friendly Fire
by Felix LeRoy Perry

Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Canada has lost her share of soldiers in world conflicts but when we lose them to "Friendly Fire" it is doubly sad...


Death by Friendly Fire


In fatigue greens the soldier weary sleeps

Resting when they can from combat’s fight

All is calm beneath the Maple Leaf flag

Far to the rear they spent the night


Helmets for pillows and sand for a bed

Flak jackets for blankets not much is said

The sun kisses horizon when from out of the east

Jet engines whining leave behind dead


Friendly fire they called it, just a mistake

Tell that to the widow, the parents and child

A young man from Truro, one of Nova Scotia’s own

Will come back wearing a flag, so very alone


The last post will play to the bagpipes sad drone

Flag flown at half-mast as they lower him home

Teardrops and lost souls will bid him goodbye

Canada weeps for another…and all wonder why.






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Reviewed by jude forese 9/7/2006
a very moving and needed poetic statement, Felix ...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/7/2006
Very sad but well written Felix!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/6/2006
Canada, and the world. There is no such thing as 'friendly' fire, only scared 'soldiers [kids]' shooting at whatever scares them.

Reviewed by karen beecher (Reader) 9/6/2006
It is really sad that any life has to be taken because of war. You wrote a very interesting story here, but, how many lives has the U.S. lost to friendly fire? Also, how many lives have we saved by fighting the terrorists for so many countries that won't help get rid of them? Sorry for the loss to your country. Karen
Reviewed by Paul Williams 9/6/2006
Excellent write Felix my friend I'm saddened so many lives are being sacrificed...while we wonder why? Superb tribute.
Reviewed by Gloria Gay 9/6/2006
What an original concept, to pen a poem about "friendly fire." Your poem, apart from being original, is a tribute and a warm understanding of the sacrifices of soldiers, Felix.
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 9/6/2006
Yeah its no good, no good at all, we lost one recently by friendly fire, yeah up close and personal friendly fire....
Nuff said
;) Ch'erie
Reviewed by Miss Pandora 9/6/2006
Fee I shivered as I read this...a wonderful tribute with such valid questioning. Who ever conjured up the idea to call it 'friendly'!? With tears and love, Panda :)
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 9/5/2006
Yes it is very sad to die from friendly fire...not so friendly after all. Lovely poem. Victor
Reviewed by J M 9/5/2006
So sad and yet so powerful Felix thank you!!!!

Reviewed by A PAX 9/5/2006
oh so sad........
but well written Fee
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 9/5/2006
Chills and tears come readily as I read this tribute to Canada/Nova Scotia's fallen hero. Your compassion and heart/tears are within the words.I'm so very sorry for this brave life ...gone. May God bless his famuly , friends and countrymen.
Thank you Fee.
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 9/5/2006
A tragedy in any situation but doubly so in this one... heartwrenching piece Fee.

Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 9/5/2006
very good, Felix
Reviewed by dusty petal (Reader) 9/5/2006
I for one am wondering why too, Felix,,,,,,,Our PM in his great words of wisdom said they didnt die in vain,,,,,,,,my question to him would be ,how is being gunned down by friendly fire helping the cause over there? ,,,great tribute to a fallen soldier Fee. xxx Dusty
Reviewed by Peter Paton 9/5/2006

Where is it all going to end..
Madness...and there is no end to it in sight...


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