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  Oh my father
by Jerry W. Engler
Sunday, May 27, 2007
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This is a prayer for a veteran who thinks he can go to hell for being in war.

Copyright 2007, Jerry W. Engler
Oh my Father,
what am I to say to you
who woke with
the thousands of dead
around you many mornings,
so much so,
that you tell me,
being around the dead
doesn't bother you.
 I fear death
as I know we all do,
even with faith,
as you must too,
because you tell me
the Ten Commandments include
 "Thou shalt not kill,"
so you must be going to hell, you say.
Oh my Father,
I know in my heart of hearts,
the discernment knowledge,
that Lord Jesus Christ
has a special place for you
for the nobility of soul
that sacrificed for all of us,
listed most reliable
in a high school year book,
known for reliability,
gentle wisdom,
and your incredible honesty,
your entire life.
Your human soul
more valued
in our living God's eyes
than any nation,
yet you were uplifted
for being willing
to lay your life down.

Oh my Father,
what can I say
when I was a protected one
 while you saw friends
die before the Viche guns,
saw the crushing defeat of Kasserine,
then went from Tunis
up the bloody spine of Sicily
for Patton's glory,
went under the blasts from Bertha
for the nights on Anzio,
where you learned to say
"When it's your time to go,
it's your time to go."
You saw the horror
on Monte Casino,
then went into Rome
into Florence,
throughout the valley of the Po.
You saw Mussolini and his mistress
hanging in the square,
more than 20 days dead,
awful pieces of meat.
From another man's stiffened fingers,
you took your Luger.
Oh my Father,
you who saw
a thousand years of death
 in only four of war,
need to know
you are saved by the grace
of our ever-living God,
and not judged
by what you did in war
or as a good man afterward.
But what can I say
without being your weeping child again,
for you to comfort again,
for you were given
dominion over me,
and it was me
who grew up in peace
under the steadfast protection
of one who knew
the worst tragedies
of our turning terrible
but beautiful world.
Oh Father,
save my Father,
and give him the peace
that passes understanding. 




Jerry W. Engler

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Reviewed by Cryssa C 3/19/2010
I am humbled by your words. How often it is that we forget to really be thankful for the peace we have within our world... and the freedoms that are given to us. Really, they are God-given freedoms that we all should enjoy, and those who fight to grant those freedoms to all I am sure have earned their reward in heaven. How could the Father not grant them the same safe haven they tried so hard to secure for others in this life?
Thank you for sharing these words about your father, Jerry. I especially like the last stanza with the word play on "Father."

Reviewed by Angela Ciero 2/18/2010
I remember when this was in the Hillsboro Free press. Such good work at giving a visual of the pain and thoughts often brought on from war.
God bless you Jerry!
Reviewed by John Domino 7/20/2008
Very touching! We can only imagine what it was like during WWII - the big war. You place it into another perspective and give the audience a glimpse from another point of view.

Well done!
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/13/2008
That is my prayer too Jerry, it is like all your writings deep, meaningful and engaging, but I wish it were the last poem that had to be said over the dead soldiers, in the end they are all winners in Gods arms, unless they were the warmongers and their supporters, for them me thinks, it would be hard to find peace, thank you for leading me to this. Blessings friend! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by P-M Terry Lamar 4/13/2008
I'm glad you told me about this poem.
There's so much in this poem that I can only begin to explain how it affected me. First with depth of sorrow for your father among the multitude who went to fight and did things for which they believe God will not forgive them. The specific tragedies he witnessed participated in. The sorrow of a child who now wants to comfort the father but who cannot be seen in that regard. And finally, my heart filled at the prayer which says so much with so few words.
Thank you for sharing this in such a moving way.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/1/2008
Hello Jerry:

This is no doubt a very powerful and unique poem indeed! You have done a great job. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us!!!

Sorry I'm so late in reviewing this. I have not logged into the old account of mine for a long time. Today, I logged in and I found your e-mail advising me about this poem. Thank you so much for the invitation!

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Sheri Uy 12/15/2007
There is nothing more challenging than to be a man given with a noble mission, and that is to protect his motherland from all forms of aggression. In war, brave men die not in vain, and those who are lucky to come home never forget the pain. But the Lord God - the all-knowing, allow things to happen for a reason, so let this be an unending comfort for all war veterans and their children. God bless your father, Jerry, and all unsung war heroes.

Be well,

Reviewed by J M 6/15/2007
Since the beginning of time all men war and many die in battle. Even in the Great battles the Lord Himself executed in behalf of his people. I pray the peace of all understanding will enlighten your fathers eyes to the truths of GOD. This is special thank you for sharing.

Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 6/3/2007
wow, i agree with all here this is a majestic piece of poetry, this pray/wish felt so strong the desire to give peace to your father probably first hero who tried to bring about peace(maintaining) through war.

God knows the heart!!!!

love is an awesome thing and it is felt here!!!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/30/2007

You have penned a powerful prayer that many soldiers have prayed: there are no atheists in foxholes, they say. Well done, Sir, and thank YOU for your service to our country. Welcome home, Soldier, welcome home.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Regino Gonzales, Jr. 5/29/2007
Jerry, this PrayerPoem made me nostalgic of my late father who fought alongside the Americans in World War II. I see it as a tribute to unknown heroes, Fathers whose noble deeds were not heralded but only shared to and known by their children. Thank you so much Jerry and Godbless!

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/29/2007
Oh my, very touching write Jerry, EXCELLENT DEAR MAN...Hugss
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 5/29/2007
War is part of this life-Just as the cross was judgement on sin -Peace is something that only will truly come when swords will be turned into plowshears. Our police protect us from the criminals that shed innocent blood-our young soldiers protect us from countries that would do the same. Our God above will bring the peace in the sweet by and by. Enjoyed your beautiful poem.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/29/2007
I am deeply moved by this compassionate and compelling prayer, Jerry. Thank you for your sharing of it. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Richard Orey 5/29/2007
O, Jerry Engler, you have written a powerful piece of verse with words that we all feel in our heart but most times are not able to bring to the surface.

You have given us a voice to still the turmoil in our souls, Jerry, knowing that God is compassionate and forgiving and understands all.

From the critic's point of view, this work was well thought out, well researched, and well put together, delivering a stirring and moving call for forgiveness and expressing the longing of every child, no matter what age, to continue sharing the comfort and closeness that we all deserve and oftentimes don't receive.

An awesome work of art fashioned from genuine, heartfelt love.

Love and joy in life,
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 5/28/2007
Jerry, this is a piece of poetry that made me feel proud as I read it and thankful to have someone pen such a heart rendering writing. You've captured many of the wars our Almighty has had to look down upon but continuing constantly to see other horrendous acts, over and over again. Your voice rings with truth and reality.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/28/2007
A very heartfelt piece. Through the ruins of war, others shall live in peace! What was seen through eyes remained in memories never to be spoken of again. You have touched my heart and sould with this piece.

Be safe,
Reviewed by Jean Pike 5/28/2007
Jerry, this makes me want to cry. What a moving tribute to your father, and to all of our veteran heroes. We owe them more than we could ever repay.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/28/2007
you who saw
a thousand years of death
in only four of war,

How sadly true for far too many valiant soldiers, and a truly heartfelt poetic prayer, Jerry.
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