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The Missing Man
by Bruce Alan Humphrey
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Rated "G" by the Author.
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The Missing Man

A young, terrified soldier lies in the dirt fighting a useless war.
He hides from the raging battle, he hides from his fear.

Friends die to the left; a friend dies to the right.
What to do, what to see, where to go, what to fight.

Unseen enemies hurl death in his direction.
Bits of earth are tossed into the air.
A weapon is gripped tightly in hand.
Should he, should he.

Through the darkness, he sees friends die.
Bursts of white reveal flashes of red.
His ears ring from the near constant detonations.
Can he, can he.

Another flash.
Another thunderous crash.
Dirt splatters on his face, choking him.
He’s had enough.

Anger crushes his fear,
He crawls from the pit.
Around and over, over and through he crawls.
He readies himself,
Pulling the weapon into position, he aims.

He sees a face, a face in the flashes.
The face sees him, fear resurges.
Quick, quick.
Do it, do it.
Triggers are pulled, more flashes, more flashes.

For an instant; silence overtakes the scene.
A quiet in the chaos.
Then a telltale moaning of injured men, dying boys.

On a small hill, a young man’s life drains into the dirt.
A young, frightened hero.

At home, a favorite chair is empty.
At the funeral, a coffin is draped with a symbol.
Family gather to remember, to grieve and console.

Overhead a trio of jets roars
One is missing, the symbol.
The missing man.

Copyright.Bruce Alan Humphrey   

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/25/2006
A starkly real and sad portrait of a never ending theme on this planet. Thank you, Bruce. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Michael Kersting 7/16/2006
Well done !
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 10/28/2005

A page of history on the affairs of the governing INTELLIGENTSIA.
"The Missing Man" is a true poetic compliance witnessing the mistakes of our INDUSTRIAL WARRIOR society.

Happy Day, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Paul Bruce (Reader) 11/21/2003
Great, moving woving words. Took me straight back to those days.
Makes me thankfull to still be alive, when many diddn't make it. Paul
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/21/2003
Well penned and emotive.
Reviewed by jude forese 11/21/2003
true reality... well written...
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 11/20/2003
Beautifully written, Bruce, took me right to the battle field: a great tribute to our fallen heros. ~~Bonnie Q
Reviewed by Libby Stone (Reader) 11/20/2003
Oh so sad and so well written. Great piece.

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