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Who Are You, With Sad Eyes?
by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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...prompted by Ed Kostro's Blog Chronicles


Do I know who you are?
Do I see more
than the torn T-shirt?
Or the sad smile you give
to those passing you by?

I'd stop but I'm much too busy
with my own daily life
of meeting friends for lunch,
or rushing to the mall
to see what's on sale.

I'd stop but I'm not sure
it would be safe,
for you may carry germs
that I would not want to catch,
because you have dirt on your hands.

I'd stop, but I've got to get a haircut.
Not that I need one,
but it's a good excuse
(the best I can imagine for now)
to pass you by.

I'd stop...



Could you be my Veteran
that I'd promised to honor
because you fought to protect me
and my family, leaving your own
in their time of need?

Could you be the one
who lost his buddy in the war
and now sit and wonder,
saddened over the fact
that your life was spared?

Could you be one of the many
who protected our country,
then forgotten by those
that should be caring for
your health and well being?

I'm ashamed, so very ashamed
for almost passing you by;
for forgetting my promises
made when I needed you,
and hailed you when you were fighting.

Now I see you need me.
Tears form in my eyes
as I think
how easily we forget
what we owe to you.

Would you take my hand, fella?
I want very much
to have lunch with you, friend.
I want very much
to brighten your spirit once again.

What's that? You're hands are not clean?
That can be taken care of in the restaurant.
You say you're not dressed properly?
Dear Vet, you are clad in all you need:
Your smile and sparkle in your eyes are enough.


© Jackie (Micke) Jinks, 2008

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Reviewed by neerja gandhi
sad...with great message...warm wishes...neerja
Reviewed by Cryssa C
Superbly done...You did an excellent job of drawing the reader in with the first part of the poem and then sending the message straight to their hearts.

Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
Lady "J" -
You brought so many tears and more to the surface with this great important piece! YOu shared the truth and that alone will be noticed! If you print this and frame it or not, your local libray may put it up on the wall, as customers walk in - I hope you do, it touched my heart and Soul. For those reasons alone, and more - Many do not stop and take the time to know and show humanity in their time of need. The TURN-AROUND later in this poem, was intensely written and moving. Thank you for sharing your heart kind, loving noticed heart! I must go see and read about Ed K's Chronicles - Thank you Jackie - for touching souls!
Warmest Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple Passion Lady SHEExoooo

STay Positive!
Yes indeed, if that will not move ones soul, than we have lost the war for sure, no need to fight on and make more veterans, yes please put this out for wider publicity ,it is certainly much needed and will help Ed in his endavour. Have a nice Sunday, and God Bless You!
Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
A moving and meaningful write, Jackie. Thank you for sharing it. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Lois Christensen
Love tribute to vets. You got the message as you wrote on and thought about him. Yes, many men are torn and coming back from the war maimed in body and spirit. Praying for those good men and for you also.
Reviewed by John Leko
...from the heart with honesty...your poetic words of truth...give others sad eyes with the reality of their worth...and waters of emotion can be found running through my eyes upon reading these inspired words.
powerful and beautiful Jackie...
Reviewed by William Bonilla
Bravo Jackie
This excellent piece took AN OUSTANDING TWINST
amist its narration which I enjoyed reading so much
Thank My dear friend for sharing this wonderful offering

Love & peace be with you
trying to catch up on my reviews
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
You've brought tears to my eyes dear friend, for this is one of the most inspiring poems I have read in a long time! You fill the reader with visions of those that fought, served, and protected...and also unfortunately those who are too often forgotten...powerful imagery, powerful write that does linger on one's thoughts...well done my friend, well done!
Blessings from Ky.
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Lavendar Jazz
Wow, I agree with your other reviewers. You should publish this for all to read. We are so busy in our daily lives we forget about those that may have fought for our freedom to go about our "daily whimsies".
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Reaching across the divide here, Jackie... not of social barriers but of barriers of ignorance and (our) shame. This breaks my heart because of the truth it portrays on both sides of the coin. I've heard it said by those on the streets that it's not the fact that we're too busy to stop and give them the time of day... it's more the fact that we pretend not even to see them... A sobering reality and a very sad reflection on our citizenship... So much for being "civilised" nations. We are like blind beasts herding over the cliffs of greed and social disaster. Bless you for this heart-opening write. Kate xx
Reviewed by Rose Rideout
Bernice said it, as my eyes fill with tears Jackie, thank you for a MASTERPIECE for so many forget to respect and honour them. Not too many look into the heart and soul and see what so few would. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota
This is to die for, every word, every sentiment is pure!!! You my friend have written a masterpiece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Ah well said and so much true. Why are so many afraid to stop, reach out to another fellow human being? Are we not all one of God's children, even though we may all walk a different path. Who is to judge who is the better? Not I.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Chuck Keller
So many have lost the "sparkle" in their eyes. Reality and PTSD drain that precious commodity from a soul. Poignant work. Too many forget or ignore those who risked EVERYTHING to guarantee our freedom.

Thank you from a Vietnam Corpsman.
Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier
How many times do we walk by a story choosing not to read, too many times...your all heart Jackie
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
Deeply heart touching and beautifully penned.
Reviewed by Bonnie May
Oh boy, this touches the heart like a hammer. How often we pass by, no more. This beautiful poem will have me more aware than i have ever been. Thank you. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Jon Willey
Sad eyes. But saddest of all, the treatment sad eyes receives from his fellow man. When will we ever learn? Without the thousands upon thousands of sad eyes. We might all be the sad eyes on the street corners of a land controlled by a tyrant, dictator or the Communist. Bless you sad eyes. Thank you sad eyes. A tribute long over due. Thanks, Jon Michael Willey
Reviewed by George Carroll
Hats off for a splendid and moving poem to those vets who are having a hard time adjusting to life after the horrors of war. Too many are committing suicide because they weren't diagnosed in time. They fired the guy in charge but always too late.
Reviewed by Paul Berube
Very touching and powerful write here Micke. So very well said. God bless you my friend.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
how easily we forget
what we owe to you.

Powerfully penned and how so horribly true, Micke. We as a nation should be filled with shame. And as Georg says, most of these valiant vets only want a little respect and recognition and understanding of the hell they went through for all of us, and for the hell that many of them must now endure for the rest of their lives.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos
Any Veteran reading those words in the poem will thank you with all his heart, many don't want your money or your pity, they want your respect and that you don't forget them and what they did for your country.

Reviewed by Randall Barfield
Wonderful write with a great ending! Cheers but sad when we think about the plight of some veterans.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

One close to my heart: as the daughter of/sister of/niece of/cousin of Veterans, AND a Veteran myself, I appreciate this one, very much - thank you. Beautifully, compassionately penned - and I'll take you up on that offer for lunch. :) Can my twin sis tag along?

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
This is a tear jerker Micke, I haven't read one like this in a long time. I must say you really brought it home! Splendid poem! How easy it is to be in denial,it takes guts to turn it around as you did in this poem! Kudo's! lots to think about...

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