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Unsung Hero
by Sherry Gail Heim

Thursday, November 07, 2002

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Unsung Hero

He sits quietly on the curb
Steaming coffee in a styrofoam cup
He watches life as it passes him by
His hat displays the bars of his rank
His shoes, his long and difficult journey
He speaks of the “Glory Days”
The time when he was a hero
His eyes glimmering with great pride
He recalls he had been willing to give his all
To ensure that his country would be free

This morning, he watches the sunrise
A bright crimson ball in an indigo sky
His jacket now tattered and worn
Still bears his name over his heart
Another day counting the cars at rush hour
Then the long walk to the church
Prayers of hope and a bowl of soup
Then journey back to his place on the curb
Wait in line to see if there will be a cot, tonight
Or at least a blanket and a place inside to sleep

A forgotten hero, lost in a world that is not his own
A world where he is shunned, for poverty is a sin
A place where freedom allows others to take so much
Because the hero gave until he was no longer whole
Another life cast aside, another heart left with little hope
Just a cigarette and a steaming cup of coffee

Sherry Gail Heim
November 7, 2002

Copyright © Sherry Gail Heim 2002

Over 250,000 veterans sleep on the streets every night in the U.S.A. For Veteran's Day, I wanted to remember each one of them.

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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/27/2003
Another life cast aside, another heart left with little hope .........very good piece and tribute...
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney 11/21/2002
Excellent tribute to so many heros that never got the thanks and kindness they deserved, well done...Mark...
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/17/2002
This broke my heart to read, couldn't help but cry. Wonderful work, Sherry.
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 11/17/2002
Reminds me of my Grandad...So first of all thanks for that. :)

What a wonderful and very heartfelt write.
That footnote ...makes me feel very sad indeed.

Lest We Forget...
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 11/12/2002
a very fine piece of writing...moving tribute
Reviewed by Victor Jensen 11/10/2002
Excellent and so emotional for those of us who do care. I don't feel our veterns have ever recieved their just respect from the communities they fought to free. Thank you for writing what so many of us wish to say. - Vic
Reviewed by Sherry Gibson 11/9/2002

Your work is awe inspiring on this write. All I can say is that there is too much truth in it, but those long forgotten will be remember each time someone reads this beautiful tribute.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/8/2002
Beautiful tribute that you have done so well. No one should be on the street and yet it is our reality.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 11/8/2002
Sherry, I'm sure this will touch all the hearts of the the Veterans. This is a wonderful write. And I thank you for sharing it with the Den,,,Lisa
Reviewed by Josephine Bohen 11/8/2002
excellent tribute
Reviewed by Dee C. 11/8/2002
Heartfelt and oh so sad what we cast aside when we have no use for them anymore. ~ Dee
Reviewed by jing javier 11/8/2002
beautiful tribute.. very good!

Reviewed by na na (Reader) 11/7/2002
Sherry everyone is making me cry today. I love this and identified with it. What a sad commentary on society and it mores. How can we be so methodical cruel to those who suffer. We have to turn our eyes and pretend every day is Disney Land Day to not be aware of this. Bill
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 11/7/2002
Too many are forgotten and I'm glad you wrote this powerful reminder to help us remember their sacrifice.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/7/2002
Wonderful write Sherry, and a good reminder for us all...
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 11/7/2002
Well I must say Sherry, we must be on the somewhat same wave link? Great write!
Thanks for the R & R...
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