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The Veteran
by Jo Janoski
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
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In honor of Veteran's Day, November 11.

The Veteran

Shoulders droop.
Hair black bold streaks
softened now
with white wings.
He ambles on squeaky feet.
A balancing act
befitting his age.
Clutching a cane
like a maestro's baton
orchestrating the walk
with quick jagged strokes.
Eyes outlined in gray pencil
what used to be black
bold lines
painted by experience
in pointillistic pain.
That was then.
His eyes still whisper
what he knows
like a snake swishing
through the grass
muffling its rattle
in the soft turf.
The legend of the damned
lurks behind a cloak
of civility.
The man knows civility.
He gave his youth for it.

Copyright 2006 JO Janoski 

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Reviewed by Connie Faust 11/28/2006
Magnificent piece.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/10/2006
This is very meaningful, Jo. My father was a veteran. He never talked about it. He never expected anything. Still... You're right and thank you for this timely message. Love and peace,

Reviewed by jude forese 11/10/2006
a moving tribute with depth, Jo ... you wrote a solid poem ...
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 11/8/2006
A lovng and caring tribute to our Veterans, JO. May they all realize we consider them our true Heroes!

Reviewed by Jo Janoski 11/8/2006
Thank you, Louisa!
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 11/8/2006
Because of people like you is the reason I joined, during Vietnam Era. Thank you for such a lovely tribute. I will read to the Veterans before we go ride in the parade.
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 11/7/2006
One can only say how callous the powers that be to leave these people in the lurch. Victor
Reviewed by J M 11/7/2006
Wonderful poem of dedication to the Vets that served us.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/7/2006
Wow! This is very special Jo, a powrhouse poem that goes deep!May we never forget our vets! so good to read you again!;-)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/7/2006
God bless our veterans, Jo; thanks for remembering them in this beautiful moving tribute! BRAVA!~ As the sister/daughter/niece/cousin to military personnel, I salute you most highly!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

Do the best thing yet! Thank a vet, and above all, SUPPORT our troops!!!!!!! :)
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 11/7/2006
Yes, he did give his youth for it and it breaks my heart to see the civility of today spit in his face . . . Thank you for the tribute . . .
Reviewed by Rusty Daily 11/7/2006
Thanks for this tribute Jo
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/7/2006
Oh, my........this reaches in and grips the heart with a painful squeeze. How we treat those who served is a crying shame. Thank you for this powerful rememberance; as a Veteran (who walks on a cane, BTW), I salute you. God bless our men and women who served, and God bless you!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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