As The Jets Flew By Overhead...
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
Sunday, March 23, 2003
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As The Jets Flew By Overhead…
Sitting on my mountain,
Safer than most,
But just as scared
As the those who fear
This terrible war-
Thinking of those,
Who now lie dead,
Feeling such sorrow,
For the prayers being said,
But then the jets flew overhead…
F-18’s scarring the sky,
Leaving their contrails as they flew by,
Fearless warriors patrolling the skies,
Watching their precision
As they flew side by side…
Sat here thinking of those
Who heard the call,
And didn’t think of themselves at all-
Just rose from their seats,
And formed a line,
Fighting for our freedom,
The only thing on their mind-
I sit here and listen,
To those who condemn,
Those who lash out,
Without thinking what it’s all about-
What does it matter who’s to blame?
Those are our children out there!
Our families and friends!
I don’t care who started it-
I just want them home safe again!
I will honor them with songs,
And words from my heart,
Give them parades for playing their part,
Stand when they pass by,
Try to hold back
The tears in my eyes…
I will salute the honor,
With which they fought,
In a far away land
Of lonely sand dunes,
I think of those who gave their lives,
Grieving with such sorrow
For the lives they leave behind,
And I will honor the dead,
With my heart and soul,
For the sacrifice they so willingly gave,
As the jets roar by overhead…
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|Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader)
|Though they die with honor.... someone's brother, father, husband or son is not going to be coming home (mother, wife, sister, daughter as well)... Nice tribute... Teresa|
|Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya
|Clap Clap Clap...excellent....straight from the heart write...this poem have everything...BHUWAN|
|Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Art and knowledge embrace imagination and a true poem is born.
"As The Jets Flew By Overhead..." is a striking fuse thats prods the thoughts.
I Salute the Author of "As The Jets Flew by Overhead...".
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by Lori Moore
|Reviewed by Marilyn Seray
|A wonderful tribute Retta|
|Reviewed by jude forese
|powerful trubute from deep within...|
|Reviewed by Nancy D.
|Outstanding write from your heart.
|Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader)
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|BRAVO!!! Outstanding! Bless You!!!|
|Reviewed by Erica Ivory
|WOW... Stunning...Best I have read.
|Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader)
|Wonderful...wonderful!!! Did I say this is wonderful?!!|
|Reviewed by Trixie Love
Outstanding once again....
|Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader)
|Retta this is beautiful..lot of feeling here. floria|
|Reviewed by Christine Morell
|Beautifully done Reindeer...a wonderful, heartfelt tribute.
|Reviewed by Tony Nerone
|Hi Retta, Thank You for the lovely tribute. I say this for all of us who serve, and have served.
|Reviewed by Jimmy Mills
|Reindeer--As a soldier, I appreciate you empathy. This poem had me sitting in a postumous award ceremony of a Medal of Honor winner or a soldier being honored by a burial in the Arlington Cemetary as I watch the F-18s fly above at the completion of the ceremonies. It brought strong feelings and I thank you so much for it. You are truly bless in the world of creative writing. Thank you so much for sharing this masterpiece. Jim|
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
|I think we all feel this way.
Well done. Thoughtful.
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|vivid, intense, heartbreaking write...thank you for sharing...and may God protect our men and women who thought nothing of all of answering the call...they are only following orders...God have mercy on them and their families...*tears* as one who once was in the air force, i salute you for this write...yet, i pray for peace...(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)|