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  a shard and many (Veteran's Day tribute - Not for the squeamish)
by Jeff Mason
Thursday, November 13, 2003


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This was from 1997, inspired from the work of another author, Paul Bauman, & another unknown author (the unknown author is presumed to be the original source; Mr. Bauman simply presented the work). I’ve taken it, tweaked it, and wish to post this as my belated dedication to American veterans;
A belated Happy Veteran’s Day! I'm proud to have been a U.S. Marine!




should they take days to find you
having lost half your blood
through your urine and feces
and not telling anyone (until
you shook from weakness
drawing the onyx stones
of your eyes to the bed
moaning through the meat of your lungs
as I a ghost
haunt the numb shell of your hallway)
and find a mere husk of a soldier
filled with traces of shrapnel and
heartless foreign objects
as you are to me now
a shard and many
absorbing desperate questions
you cannot answer...
to listen would require
more than measurement
if only I could follow
the certain hell of you
chasing the restless wind
to the ocean and back without sleep...
to listen would be
the motion of a bird's eye
at the height of a migration fierce enough
to render stasis into symbiosis...
a pronouncement more fatal than death itself…
your pulse
scattering pigeon tracks
across the snow
of a vacuous listless screen
that talks for you
in façade of pulses
that breathe as excuse for you
while the pain of lying there so still
falls as heavy rain upon this windshield
endlessly before you in your dreams
the torrential sky weeps…
the sweep of an eye
at the depths of a world
driven to treacherous consuming mud
on roads as numerous and void
as your now empty veins
losing themselves beneath
your skin's vast yellow plains
your smile a distant fading map
for this your last room and its
final cursed white blinds
open upon the parking lot
where they brought you
visionary and reeking
out of the grip of darkness
and into a blinding lethal judgment
of a few imminent words
behind whispered curtains and
closed steely doors.

Copyright © Jeff Mason 2003


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Reviewed by Joy Valadez-Acuna (Reader) 12/3/2008
Excellent and thought provoking, Jeff!
Reviewed by Lisa Geneva (Reader) 8/10/2007
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.
Lisa
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 11/23/2003
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.

Thank You,
Emilie
Reviewed by P. Michaels 11/19/2003
Jeff,

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) 11/19/2003
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 11/19/2003
Thanks for your story, Jeff. Very powerful and memorable tribute to those doing the grunt work for the Armed Services.
Best regards,
Leland
Reviewed by Sandy Knauer 11/18/2003
Thank you. The message is painfully honest, and necessary.
Reviewed by Sharron Tyrrell 11/16/2003
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 11/15/2003
This was an outstanding tribute, so powerful and raw, excellently written!

Reindeer
Reviewed by Dale Clark 11/15/2003
Powerful and a tribute to those who have served.
They have made so many sacrifices.
Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop 11/14/2003
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 11/14/2003
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.

:) Ch'erie
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/14/2003
A vivid and haunting write that has the effect you intended. Thank you for this offering. Regis
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/14/2003
(((jeff)))

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 11/14/2003
Wow! Essentially equipped to catch our hearts, entwine them and let us feel the faintest touch of what a soldier may endure, excellent write!
:)Sandy
Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa 11/14/2003
Well deserved tribute, great lines.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 11/14/2003
A great tribute for Veteran's
the US government doesn't give a damn about..
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/14/2003
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 11/14/2003
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) 11/13/2003
Very powerful words...Some times we need to read things like this..

Lest we forget...

Thank you, Dani
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/13/2003
I agree with all - very graphic - but needed to read it. Kudos.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 11/13/2003
nicely done - well crafted. Our veterans need all the support that they can get!
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 11/13/2003
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 11/13/2003
Wonderful Tribute Jeff!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Cheryl Sellers 11/13/2003
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) 11/13/2003
Though squeamish, I read it and it is so very powerful and real.
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 11/13/2003
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..

Vesna:)
Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen 11/13/2003
INTENSE!!! Graphic imagery, Jeff...yet it was needed to drive home your point. Well done!

Julie :)
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 11/13/2003
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 11/13/2003
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!
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