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I Do it Because of LOVE
June 12, 2010
By Rose Marie Rideout


He had a hard, long, silent look
as promises he did say,
He’d always walk ahead of us,
Until his dying day.

He said he’d hold his head up,
Through the  clouds high in the sky,
He’d do what he must do for freedom,
Even if he must give his life and die.

He’d proudly wear his uniform,
As long as he’s alive,
He promised to do what it takes,
For each of us to survive.

His bed was cold and lonely,
Hard and never made,
The days and nights fell into one,
For the sacrifices that he gave.

He looked at the family photo,
That he held close to his heart,
Those faces he longed to see again,
Though they are now so far apart.

He could feel her every breath,
Hear every cry their baby made,
He wondered if she crys for him,
Does she worry, he may already be dead..

He could smell his Mama’s cookin,
His Pop’s old pipe out on the deck,
He could see his sister’s fear,
When it was his old car she wrecked.

Now his hands were rough and old,
His feet were so swollen and dry,
He said he’d fight for their freedom,
Even if it meant he had to die.

He joined his hands before his rest,
Please God, my Father up above,
Know that what I do for them,
I do it because of love.


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Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
This is wonderful poetry, Rose. Sad story that is all to familiar to so very many families....wars should never be!!

Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald
How lovely
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
You have captured the feelings of a soldier and given us some insight to their thoughts....Its a very touching poem!...M
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
So deeply touching
Reviewed by Selena Dobbin-Gillis
A beautiful write sis, touches my heart as well as my soul, as I am sure of many others as well. They give their all for their country so that mankind can always know freedom.

A great piece of work sis,
Love you
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
A poignant tribute that captures the essence of the man... of the men and women who are as we are in every way and yet who know so much of what we never can... doing everything, including giving their all, so that we might have everything bathed in the peace they could never again experience. Your beautiful refrain in the first person makes this write especially soul-touching and heart-rending. Beautifully crafted, Rose. xx
Reviewed by Georg Mateos
Soldiers, everywhere, friends or foes, all remember in those lonely moments Mom's cooking and the smell of home...


Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Love is a true motivator, Rose. Well said. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo
A heartfelt piece, Rose. Amazing what one will do for love. Beautifully written. ~Elizabeth
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford
You brought tears to my eyes Rose. Wonderful imigary.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
this is so beautiful, wow!
Reviewed by D Johnson
Rose, this is such a heart rendering, lovely poem...well done.

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
Rose, this is truly beautiful.
Reviewed by Paul Berube
Absolutely beautiful, Rose. A splendid piece indeed. God bless.
Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe
Beautiful. Such vivid imagery I could see everything I read in front of me. I could even smell his mamas cooking and his old pops pipe out on the deck. Well done!
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Wonderful outpouring of love and thanks for those who give so willingly if what is most valuable...
Reviewed by TONY NERONE
Sad but so lovely written.

Reviewed by Mark Lichterman
Very heart touching, Rosie, my friend. You know the way to my heart with your words.
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