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A Picture on the Pillow
by Lily of Lough Neagh a.k.a C. Dennis-Woosley
Monday, May 28, 2012
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Lets honor all the brave men and women who died for us. My late husband MSG Eric J. Maertz, US Army died in 1995, 10 months after retiring.

 A Picture on the pillow


A Picture on the pillow lying there for me to see

once holding your tired head, brushing next to me

Each night I tuck myself to sleep and tell you a good night

Touching framed sweet picture, your lips to kiss each night


Sometimes I hear your whispers, sometimes you touch my cheek

I know you are around me, your boots I hear them creep

You watch me do the dishes, you are in the car

Although I do not see you, your love's felt from afar


You fought for our grandchildren; you were there for others too

Our freedom to enjoy, so fear did not ensue

You saw so many horrors, but you made it out alive

With hopes for a bright future, right along my side


But then the cancer got you, Agent Orange it was said

It ate away your body, while the drugs played with your head

You’d hold my hand and tell me, see them fighting there

Up into the corner, how piercingly you stared


I told you it was nothing, but you did not believe

You saw the soldiers fighting, a horrid memory

But soon you slipped to coma, no utter word again

Tears coursing my face slowly, sadness walking in


For will they all remember, what you did fight for

How you gave your life, badge of honor that you wore

They handed me the flag, symbol for me to keep

Standing at attention, with sorrow I did weep


Carolee Dennis-Woosley

May 28, 2012












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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/13/2013
It is very sad that humans (Earthians) have learned nothing over thousands of years when it comes to war and peace and deaths continue to mount in numbers year after year. My empathy to you, Carol. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 11/12/2012
You have touched my very
soul *Carolee* sharing!
with my heart aching..

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 6/5/2012
I lost someone I loved very deeply as well to Nam. He was injured in Nam, sent to Hawaii to get patched up then sent back to Nam. They found a couple of pieces of him to send home. My husband who served in Nam as well never saw Agent Orange - thank God!! Know I care!

Love ya!

Reviewed by Edith Wilde (Reader) 6/2/2012
My late husband served in WWII, he made it through physically but had nightmares his entire life. My heart goes out to you Lily

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 5/30/2012
I'm so sorry for what you both suffered. This poem deeply affected me and brought my tears. Angent Orange cursed poison used on our troops without any research or thought of its devastation. Blessings to you and all who served in war or at home.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 5/29/2012
This is such a sad poem, but filled with love and understanding. He was a very good man, unfortunately caught up in that war that so many of our age group was part of. There are many more soldiers who died just like him. So unfortunate to have lost him while so young.

My heart and prayers are with you.

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 5/29/2012
very difficult and painful to see loved ones pass away, a void always is felt. Love and best wishes.neerja
Reviewed by John Domino 5/28/2012
I salute your husband for his service.
I salute you for your dedication and support.
It's hard to describe the loss of a loved one. I lost my wife when I was in the military. It took 20 years to write "A Slice of a Short Life."

Peace, love and blessings,

John Michael
Reviewed by Ed J. 5/28/2012
One can never forget those that have passed while holding our hearts dear. Big hugs

Stay well and keep writing
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 5/28/2012
My heartfelt sympathy to you Lily. A love that will never
grow dim. A peace that holds your heart.

Blessings to you
Lady MaryAnn
Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/28/2012
keep alaway in your heart
you might not see him but he is there
Love & Peace be with you

Reviewed by Richard King 5/28/2012
My Sweetie, Donna Hale Chandler recently re-posted a poem titled: My Military Men. In it, she makes mention of the pain and suffering those left at home are subjected to when their men go off to war.

Your poem touches my heart. It has some similarities to hers, in the way it subtly points out that it's not only those who bleed and die who suffer. Those who suffer at home while their men serve our country, or suffer a life of loneliness after he passes,,,,, also pay a dear price. It's a price that seldom gets the recognition that we offer on those few days we set aside for remembering those who served or died.

I for one, wish to thank you for the sacrifices you have made for our country. May your brave soldier rest in peace and may you find a way to enjoy your remaining days. Dick
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 5/28/2012
He is looking at you with much pride.
Reviewed by D. Vegas 5/28/2012
Carolee, I am so very sorry about your husband, you must miss him terribly---and yet you feel his presence. He was a handsome man.
Your proudness comes out as well it should. Again I'm sorry for your loss. Beautiful writing.

Reviewed by Gert van Weenen (Reader) 5/28/2012
This is a great tribute to a man who died for his country.
Brave to put your deepest and most intimate feelings on paper and share them with us.
Our sympathy is with you Carolee
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 5/28/2012
Thanks for posting this very personal touch you have felt from the horrors of combat and its end result far too many times.

My Uncle Mac reaches out from the brutality of a Japanese Death March and Prison Camp in WWII to touch your husband and render him aid and comfort from the beyond.
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