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A Collection Of Dimes
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A COLLECTION OF DIMES






YOU WENT OFF WHEN I WAS SMALL
WAY BACK IN NINETEEN SIXTY-NINE
YOU GAVE ME YOUR COIN COLLECTION OF DIMES
TO HOLD FOR YOU WHEN I WAS NINE
WAY BACK IN 1969, WHEN I THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS FINE.

YOU JOINED THE ARMY, I WAS BARELY EIGHT,
IT WAS BACK LATE IN 1968.
YOU WERE MY BROTHER AND I LOVED YOU, NATE
BACK WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN 1968.
I DIDN'T KNOW FROM WAR AND HATE---
AT EIGHT YOU KNOW OF STAYIN' UP LATE,
WAY BACK IN 1968.

IN 1970 YOU WERE SENT VERY FAR AWAY---
I REMEMBER MAMA CRYIN ON THAT RAINY DAY,
YOU SAID YOU'D WRITE HOME A LOT
AND I COULD HAVE YOUR ROOM AND COT,
IN 1970 I WAS TEN
AND I COULD WRITE BACK TO YOU THEN.
IT WAS SUMMER AND IT WAS VERY HOT---
IN 1970 MAMA GOT A NOTE THAT YOU'D BEEN SHOT.

IT WAS 1971 WHEN YOU CAME BACK HOME
YOU DIDN'T TALK, YOU JUST SAT IN YOUR ROOM ALONE;
I WAS OLDER AND GAVE YOU BACK YOUR DIMES---
YOU SAID TO KEEP THEM UNTIL YOU WERE FEELING FINE.
IT WAS SNOWING THAT JANUARY OF 1971,
BUT YOU STARED OUT THE WINDOW AS STILL AS STONE
AND I WAS SCARED OF BEING GROWN IN 1971.

THEN I WAS TWELVE IN 1972---
EVERYONE WAS HAPPY 'CAUSE YOU SEEMED BETTER TOO,
BACK IN NOVEMBER OF 1972
WHEN FROST REPLACES THE MORNING DEW.

MAMA WAS BAKING A CAKE AND COOKING STEW
AND YOU DIED IN YOUR ROOM BACK IN 1972.
MAMA SAID, "THERE WAS NOTHING ANYONE COULD DO"
I SAID, "I THINK THE WAR HAD DONE THIS TO YOU"
MAMA SAID, "SOMETIMES YOU GET PNEUMONIA FROM A FLU."
BUT SHE WAS LYING BACK IN 1972.

I'M OLDER BUT I'M STILL CONFUSED.
DID WE WIN A VICTORY OR DID WE LOSE?
I STILL HAVE THE DIMES FOR ALL TIME---
BUT I AIN'T GOT A BROTHER CALLED NATE THAT'S MINE,
AND MAMA TAKES ME TO SEE YOU EVERY WEEKEND---
WE CRY AS SHE CLEANS OFF THE SLAB OF CEMENT.
I DIDN'T KNOW NOTHIN' BACK IN 1969---
AND ALL I KNOW NOW IS I GOT A COLLECTION OF DIMES
THAT MY BROTHER GAVE ME BACK IN 1969.

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Reviewed by E. Richardson
this is really good...a poignant story, one too many had to live.
Reviewed by karla dorman
(((LIBBIE)))

as you can see, i've got butterfingers LOL

also, want to welcome you to AD--you're among friends here

k--
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
(((linbbie)))

o, this is a heartbreaker *tears*

this flows like a song...this is going into my library to savor again and again

beautifully written

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. :(
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