|Reviewed by Joy Valadez-Acuna (Reader)
|Excellent and thought provoking, Jeff!|
|Reviewed by Lisa Geneva (Reader)
|Jeff, I notice that this has not been reviwed since 2003 and here we are in 2007 and this piece is as poignant and true and gut-wrenching as it was when you wrote it. How can this go on and on and on? I am so proud of you for being a Marine. The hearts of all Marines beat as one. We NEED to be reminded that these men and women are not over there playing in the sand! They are "moaning through the meat of their lungs and are filled with traces of shrapnel" this very day just as others before them in 2003 and so many, many years before that. Thank God there are people like you who can put this disgusting subject into a venue in which we can read and digest it without too much harm to our sensitive systems. If this were to be required of all of us...heaven help our country. Thank you for being there for us in a true physical way and in an emotional and literary way. Without you and those like you, many of us, myself included, might not fully realize the sacrifices made for us. I honor you.
|Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader)
|Jeff... how you do this is truly art! Fine work. I respect it, appreciate it and man..... I love your style!
My respect & support is shown...lovely sad and intelligent work.
|Reviewed by P. Michaels
Thank you for sharing the poem.
This poem reminds me of the first book that I wrote. It's about a veteran who was injured in Vietnam. The book is "Trust In Me". It was suppose to be a tribute to veterans, too.
|Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader)
|A hard write, Jeff, and a wonderful, wonderfully REAL tribute to those who put themselves in Harm's Way to defend home, country, and ideals! Words like these need to be shared, so others do not ever forget the sacrifices made in their name!|
|Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
|Thanks for your story, Jeff. Very powerful and memorable tribute to those doing the grunt work for the Armed Services.
|Reviewed by Sandy Knauer
|Thank you. The message is painfully honest, and necessary.|
|Reviewed by Sharron Tyrrell
|Powerful .. so easy for a person to close their eyes but not so easy to not see ... Glad you shared this .. we all need to be reminded now and then.|
|Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
|This was an outstanding tribute, so powerful and raw, excellently written!
|Reviewed by Dale Clark
|Powerful and a tribute to those who have served.
They have made so many sacrifices.
|Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop
|harrowing, a deep rendition of more a pathos than a tribute, good for usa literature if it helps them to identify with suffering beyond their own in its affliction. add to library.|
|Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot
|The truth betold! And you have told it, with depth, compassion and reality as it should. There are no rosy coloured glasses to be worn in this. Though some don them with monotonous regularity. I think it helps them sleep at night.
Thanks for this, we all need to look at it sometime in our lives.
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|A vivid and haunting write that has the effect you intended. Thank you for this offering. Regis|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
i'm in awe of this outstanding, graphic intense, vivid write
war is hell, and war is ugly
and what we've done for our service men and women is even uglier
shame on the government for abandoning those it asked (or demanded) to serve
i'm proud to have been in the united states air force (83-85), and i'm DAMN proud of the veterans
(((HUGS))) love and THANK YOU--this is going into my library
karla. :( *tears*
|Reviewed by Sandra Corona
|Wow! Essentially equipped to catch our hearts, entwine them and let us feel the faintest touch of what a soldier may endure, excellent write!
|Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa
|Well deserved tribute, great lines.|
|Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
|A great tribute for Veteran's
the US government doesn't give a damn about..
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|it may have been squeamish in nature, but that is exactly what these brave soldiers went through in order to fight for our country. few too many people don't know what they went through in defending our land, and then people wonder why a lot of veterans today suffer from ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder), nightmares, or vivid and often frightening flashbacks. may the truth be told, and may more people understand what our vets went through and continue TO go through as a result of war. powerful, powerful write; well done! BRAVO! :( (((HUGS)))|
|Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers
|Jeff, these words are graphic, not near as graphic as what they all went through. I am quite sure there is a stern reason why they keep repeating, "War is Hell"
It's a place I've never visited except only through the stories and painful reflections of several that actually went, but I can tell you that whoever says all the stories are the same has no idea what they are talking about,,each one of those stories and their pains are unique to the one that witnessed them.
Your write was well deserving of the read,,our Veterans are well deserving for our gratitude. Thanks Jeff...Lisa
|Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader)
|Very powerful words...Some times we need to read things like this..
Lest we forget...
Thank you, Dani
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|I agree with all - very graphic - but needed to read it. Kudos.|
|Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain
|nicely done - well crafted. Our veterans need all the support that they can get!|
|Reviewed by Evelyn Simon
|This was a bone-chilling write. A very real war is still going on.
You captured the essence of it. Excellent!
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Wonderful Tribute Jeff!!
|Reviewed by Cheryl Sellers
|I feared reading this, I guess the truth can cut deep into a heart like mine. But if I did not read your work it would mean I fear life even more. It was sad and I now must find a poem of joy to help soften this strong write. It will be with my for a while humming in my mind in the back ground.|
|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
|Though squeamish, I read it and it is so very powerful and real.|
|Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame
|Jeff..well done..personally I am a great fan of the US Marines..why?..well it's rather a long story..but a thrilling one filled with love, romance courage and bravery..
|Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen
|INTENSE!!! Graphic imagery, Jeff...yet it was needed to drive home your point. Well done!
|Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
|Jeff I think you just painted a picture of the agony or part of the agony of being a soldier. Those guys get my respect. To keep on doing it knowing they might end up in your poem or like your poem. This was entertaining yet eye opening. G|
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Oh god Jeff! this one will haunt the memory ...gruesome, but worth every anguish to remember the cost of war. A Brilliant well deserved Tribute to veterans!|