At Ease, Soldier, You've Earned Your Rest
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
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... At ease, Soldier, you've earned your rest, because you've already spent your time in Hell. ....
Image of crepuscular rays, (c) 2010, Karla Dorman.
... St. Peter, at Heaven's gate, sees
the soldier standing at attention,
in full dress uniform. Gone are the
fatigues, the wounds, the pain that
ushered him here. St. Peter opens
the Book of Life and is about to tell
the soldier his name isn't in there,
when a Voice, with a sound like
thunder, says, 'Stop.' 'But, but--,'
St. Peter starts, and the Father
comes out, saying, 'You heard Me
the first time. Stop.' The Father
tells the soldier to approach and
snaps a salute, saying, 'At ease,
Soldier. You've earned your rest,
because you've already spent
your time in Hell.' 'But what about
my family? Those I left behind?,'
the soldier asks. 'They won't rest
easy with me gone.' The Father
pulls him into an embrace, and, with
tears in His eyes, replies, 'I will be
with them in your place. I will make
sure you are never forgotten.'
(c) 2010, Karla Dorman (5/28)
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|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|what a beautiful poem!|
|Reviewed by Micki Peluso
|Karla, that gave me chills reading it!! Well said. I hope many people read this and realize that we are here because our lost soldiers are not.
|Reviewed by Jon Willey
|Karla,this powerful -- you grip the reader with a rush of emotions --a stellar tribute in this time when we remember those that have sacrificed their all for us -- may peace and love be always with you my dear friend -- Jon Michael|
|Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
|One of your finest Karla. Patrick|
|Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
|Karla, this is beautiful.|
|Reviewed by Liana Margiva
|EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva|
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|And God said, "...At ease, Soldier, you've earned your rest, because you've already spent your time in Hell..." this should be a phrase etched in every soldier's coffin, to show them the respect that otherwise their own country never did.
|Reviewed by William Bonilla
|A BEAUTIFUL AND OUTSTANDING WRITE KARLA
YOU HAVE MANAGED A TEAR TO ACCUMULATE IN THE EYES OF A BULL BEAR,
AN OLD SALT, A BULL DOG LEATHERNECK.....LOVE & PEACE TO YOU ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY.
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Good write and one a lot of survivors can relate to I am sure.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|O, this hits right between the eyes like a fist or a sledgehammer and does. NOT. Let. Go. WOW, what powerful writing; you bet I will never forget the sacrifices you made to our country. Because of people like daddy, our uncles, our brother and cousins, and especially you, as well as countless others, we can enjoy freedom, and I, for one, am indeed grateful. Thank you for your service to our country! God bless you! Well done; brava, Karla! *SALUTE* Happy Memorial Day; this is perfect for WHY we celebrate the holiday!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin sister, Karen Lynn. :( *tears!*
|Reviewed by Paul Berube
|Excellent write, Karla. God bless.|