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A Memory Displayed
by Sherry Gail Heim
Sunday, May 25, 2008
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I haven't been here much lately, I appologize, but life keeps getting in the way. I could not let this day pass without remembering Our Fallen and those they left behind.~sgh


A Memory Displayed

 

Forty years, the flag sits in its case on the mantle

Her children are grown now

Everyone says it is time for her to move on

 

She wonders, tears welling in her eyes

How can she let another touch those tender spots in her heart

Those special places where he remains alive

 

Memories…not worth a damn when you can’t share them

Freedom…a high price paid for something she will never again know

The only freedom she ever knew, was in his arms

 

Lost to the hot, muggy jungle.  Gorillas who never knew his name

Never knew his children

Never knew he was her life, her soul, her heart, her spirit

 

Slowly, she opens the case, touching inside

It is the fabric of his life.

Pressing it to her face she inhales, hoping to find his scent

 

The red; his blood, spilled in a war that nobody believed in

The white; the purity of his heart and the life they shared

The stars; a symbol of the heavens where surely he rests now

 

She wonders if anyone else cares about their sacrifice

Has anyone touched his name on “The Wall”

Felt his essence there, wept for him and his family

 

Wiping away her tears, she closes the case, clutching it to her breast

He was a good man, a wonderful father

A hero, her hero, her world

 

She waits for his voice, his kiss upon her brow

Hoping he will come tonight in her dreams

And chase away the pain of another day without him.

 

Sherry Gail Heim

May 25, 2008

Copyright © Sherry Gail Heim 2008

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Lori Moore 7/15/2009
This is touching poetry. Only a beautiful heart can write like this.
Reviewed by Shay White 3/16/2009
Freedom is never free. Thank you for reminding us with such a wonderful poem! Shay
Reviewed by John Domino 1/2/2009
A heart torn trubute to a fallen hero.
We cannot even imagine the sacrafice of the loved ones.
Amen
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 6/10/2008

Heartfully beautiful, I simply loved this.
Thoughts to always treasure as our family knows oh too well.

Thank you for sharing,
~Gwendolyn

Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 5/29/2008
Great tribute Sherry, I'm glad I stopped to read it.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/27/2008
The red; his blood, spilled in a war that nobody believed in
The white; the purity of his heart and the life they shared
The stars; a symbol of the heavens where surely he rests now

So very sad, and a most powerful Memorial Day poem, Sherry.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/26/2008
It is always a sure thing that your poem will be top drawer! This is a splendid tribute,Sherry!I'm so glad you shared with us!...ET
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/26/2008
Soul-reaching words, Sherry. A tribute well-expressed in a sad, sad world. Love and best wishes,

Regis
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/25/2008
beautiful and touching write
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 5/25/2008
Happy holidays Sherry, this is a great poetic touching story, life is mean sometimes, especially to soldiers and their families :)
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/25/2008
Very nicely done, well put together and definately can feel it in the heart...

Fee
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/25/2008
Heartbreaking write, Sherry; thank you for remembering our veterans! God bless you! And God bless our military men and women from ALL wars!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Chuck Keller 5/25/2008
Very moving, Sherry. Too many forget..
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/25/2008
Thank you . . . I'm not here much either . . . Only a few I track . . . You are one . . . Much too busy with my dragon novel for my grandson . . .
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/25/2008
Sherry, this is a heartfelt story of what a wife/families must go through when they lose a son or husband. An excellent write with vivid imagery.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 5/25/2008
Sorry Sherry, my keyboard went out and I couldn't type anything in.
Glad your back.
A very sad write. Well written..
Ron
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/25/2008
Sherry -

What more need be said? You've conveyed the heartbreak, perfectly - a sacrifice too much to bear - thank you for honoring those who served/serve/will serve - as the daughter of/sister of/niece of/cousin of Veterans, as well as a Veteran, myself, I will not forget the cost - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. *tears*
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/25/2008
Good to see you able to write again. Touching. Reminds me of those classmates who hurried marriage because they were going, only to leave a widow and children behind.

I wrote of the post war troubles of fallen survivors in my stories section.

Ron



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