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  Riding OnThe Caisson
by William Bonilla
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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"No one Rides on The Caisson
Unless itís your final Journey."
~~~~*~~~~


Marines
Lined up like tin soldiers
At parade rest
Dressed in their formal
Dress blues
With their shinny brass
And spit shine shoes
Like mirrors.

Sumber expressions
Upon their faces
Staring straight ahead
Into the nothingness of the reality
Unfolding Before them.

Muffled drums fill the air
That surrounds them
Boom! Boom! Boom!
Boo! Boo! Boom!

They are not waiting
For An inspecting General
But for The Caisson
Carrying a fellow
fallen Marine
Arriving aboard on his
Final journey home.

Where his eternal resting place
Awaits him
ĎNeath the green sod
That will cover his
honored remains.

A volley of four rounds
Will be fired by an honor Guard
All present
Will snap to attention
Hands and rifle salutes
Will be rendered.

As taps
Will be echoed throughout
Arlington this day
For he has paid his dues.

Presented to his survivors
By a military officer
Is the triangular folded
American flag
Symbolizing what he died for
The hand salute to his survivors
Seals his whole purpose
In his short lived life.

A Lone Piper
Paces around his final resting
hallowed ground
Softly piping
Amazing Grace
As mourners file out
With only memories
Of a beloved Hero.


By: William Bonilla
07/04/07









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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/6/2007
Most beautiful bittersweet offering yes!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 7/6/2007
This cuts so deep William. Beautiful and bittersweet poem.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/6/2007
I can see all of this happening in this heart rendering write. Thankyou for sharing !........M
Reviewed by Morning Star 7/5/2007
An excellent compelling write
Heartfelt tribute to all our soldiers
Your words captured a sadness that we all share
One that pulls the heart!
Outstanding piece!!
Love Peace and Joy to you always...Yolie
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 7/5/2007
William, you've captured a painting here of sadness & honor to a fallen hero. He gave his life for America. So many of our young men and women are losing their lives and when we see them being returned to our Country...it's heart rendering and we wonder will this terrible war ever be over. This is certainly a tribute to those who have lost their lives and your voice illustrates the sadness of the moment. A great write!
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 7/5/2007
Your pride and sorrow drape these words as the American Flag drapes our lost. Hold your high after the tears my friend. You are all appreciated. A beautifully penned piece William.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/5/2007
Oh brother, you too felt the pain as you are bracing yourself for more to come as the politicians shrug their shoulders saying that "that's the way of the soldier"
This poem should be placed on a black stone at the top of Congree main stairs so they can remember before sending one more of our young brothers to harms way.
Semper Fi
Georg
Reviewed by twinklewrites at her desk (Reader) 7/4/2007
Awesome tribute for Our Countries "Hero"/Hero's, cried all the way through the read...(son is in Baghdad) thanks for writing this for
our Men and Women William...GB, Love and Hugs, Peggy
Reviewed by jude forese 7/4/2007
fine tribute, William ...
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 7/4/2007
Excellent writing as always sweet man...Hugss
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 7/4/2007
You bring it all home with this excellent 4th of July tribute, William. Without their sacrifices, we would not know or live in freedom. Freedom is the most expensive thing any of us will ever know and it is never more than a generation away from extinction.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/4/2007
Splendid tribute poem William! Enhances the meaning of the sacrifices made for our independence and reminds us to be thankful for still being free!

Love,
Eileen
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 7/4/2007
A heartfelt write William
And I agree with Rhonda....
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 7/4/2007
Dearest William,

EVERY American should read "Riding On The Caisson"...then bow before Almighty God, and give thanks for the price OTHERS have paid.

A work of EXCELLENCE, William. I salute you, too.
Love&Hugs, Rhonda
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 7/4/2007
A very touching write my friend...expressed well indeed! Enjoyed!
Blessings,
Joyce B.
Reviewed by D Johnson 7/4/2007
wonderful write,

peace always,
dan
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 7/4/2007
Heroes all, protecting the world against fanatics whose god spells murder. Great poem.
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 7/4/2007
In todays parade in Temple Terrace Florida, pictures of the lost sons dressed down the trucks and floats. It was a different approach to family loss that moved me. We don't realize loss when we read it so often in the papers but seeing the pained faces of family members put me there in their hearts.
Thank you!
Susan
Reviewed by Tiana Jett (Reader) 7/4/2007
A most heart touching poem, William ... Have a safe and happy 4th ...

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