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  Mourning Count {Iraq: May, 2008}
by Phyllis Jean Green
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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One cross,
two crosses,
three four five six seven eight nine
crosses.
10 - 20 - 30 - 40 - 50 - 60 - 70 - 80 - 90 -
100 - 200 - 300 - 400 - 500 - 600 - 700 - 800 - 900 -
1,000 - 2,000 - 3,000 - 4,000 -
4,078. . .and the count goes on.
For closing in on 5,000 -- that is five thousand -- American soldiers alone, it is too late
to love and to hold,
to love and be held
by
parents. . .husbands. . .wives. . .little ones. . .
children old before their time?
Friends, relations, co-workers, cheerers-on.
Unborn children! All the people who would have benefitted from their contributions!
For more than 4,078 men and women
who did as they were told,
the bell tolled.
What is it we have to show?
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. . .now m o r e?
GONE.
This does not count the injured.
This does not count the agony
of waiting to see if one of the eight burned
so badly, gender and age could not
determined. It is too much!
It is too much that innocent non-combatants should suffer so.
It is too much that were I to include all the deaths and injuries and
displacements, 500 lines would be too few.
It is too much.
It. is. too. much.

 

                                          (c) Phyllis Jean Green, 2008

 

 




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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 5/28/2008
Much is lost as the count gets higher and higher.....M
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/27/2008
And the count goes on, and on, and on...
Reviewed by Michael Guy 5/26/2008
Yes, "Mourning Count" tells the WHOLE story of the counted and the "uncounted" and reminds us of the questions all wars always raise. And there is never any dishoner in looking that in the eye...
No one should confuse complacency with a blind patriotism... least of all in this war. We never did so in Vietnam... Have we learned anything from history? I wonder?
Thanks to all courageous soldiers and thanks to courageous poets too.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 5/26/2008
"Mourning Count" says it all.
How very sad.
Well done, Phyllis.
Peace & Blessings,
Carolyn
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 5/25/2008
Powerfully and cleverly expressed. Sad too.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/25/2008
Je comprends ce que tu exprimes. Merci, Pea. Amour et paix,


Régis
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/25/2008
poignant write
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 5/25/2008
Oh I counted millions in my days, and counting still, for soldiers die, but should they? Is the world any better for all that dying, me thinks John Lennon said it well enaugh, it should be read often, anything else is selfserving. Bless you for writing this!
Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/25/2008
Frightening facts and the reality of war. I support troops that are sent into combat but we must never stop questioning our leaders as to why.

hugs
Fee
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 5/25/2008
Awesome write. I tried counting the crosses but had to stop. The tears were clouding my counting. Very sad touching poem. Liz
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/25/2008
Too many have died. Shattering write! God bless our military men and women; may God keep them safe!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <

How about remembering our veterans from ALL conflicts, not just in Iraq or Afghanistan?? Don't they matter?????
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/25/2008
You have touched my heart as we all agree that one is too many and when will it stop? Thank you Phyllis for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 5/25/2008
Indeed! One would be too many and the price for "freedom for all" continues to climb as we, once again spill the blood of our own in the hope for a future for children in another land. War, it makes so little sense, and then we hear someone say he will wipe Israel off the map and rid the world of all the Jews...how does one walk away from such words? How do we stop the slaughter? How do we live in peace? It is so sad that man needs to control and possess that which should belong to all who live here...
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...John Lennon

You really bring the number home with the physical ability to observe 5000 crosses...it is humbling and painful to see the number of lives that have been lost in battle and yet, for each of them, there are many more who live within the shadow of their loss. Well done, Pea.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/25/2008
It is too much, (((Pea))), but if it were not for them, where would our Nation be? Not only Iraq - Afghanistan - but Korea - World Wars I and II - Vietnam - Faulkland Islands - any other war - As the daughter of/sister of/niece of/cousin of Veterans, as well as a Veteran, myself, this resonates deeply - mournfully - hauntingly, like "Taps" - not only the dead, but the wounded in body/mind/spirit - their families - thank you for penning this one; needed to be said. I pray their deaths were not in vain -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/25/2008
Yes, Phyllis, too damn much.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 5/25/2008
What a touching way to get your message acrossed. Very imaginative my friend and I've certainly got your message. Love and thanks, Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 5/25/2008
Way too much but Hallelujia for telling us and keeping us informed. Prayers need to go out to the fallen and maimed too.

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