|Reviewed by Shay White
|I love this. What a wonderful tribute to all the Veterans of all wars past, present and those of our inevitable future. Thanks for sharing such a powerful statement. Definitely one for my favorites folder. Shay|
|Reviewed by Debra Kraft
|A picture speaks a thousand words. You've captured all of them far more concisely, and with pure eloquence. A timely write for Memorial Day. Thank you.
|Reviewed by Bernice Angoh
|ph, I love this Gene, almost like his last super, this is very real and I really like your take on it.|
|Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
and all them boys that were not ready to become a man just sends shivers throughout my skin.
Embraced ~ Embrassé
pssst...I Just Love Crab Legs
|Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
|Touching, powerful...so real.|
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|A most timely and appropriate offering, Gene. Thank you. Love and peace,
|Reviewed by Daniel McTaggart
|A beautifully poignant picture of what we fight for, and what we lose to keep it.|
|Reviewed by Tracey Hardie
|I enjoyed the glimps of this soldier. How many have died for the right to be free...to have hope... and to prosper?|
|Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
|Very powerful writing,BUT well written sweet man...stay safe and well OK...Hugss|
|Reviewed by RaeLynn Teller
|This is so graphic it was as though I were watching a movie. I loved your images.
And I like this style. I have tried it myself but you do it so well.
Great job not telling us to pull a remembrance from our minds but you gave us the scene for us to feed on.
Best holiday poem yet.
|Reviewed by David Hightower
|Gene - i like the way you created a memorial to soldiers without the shallow sentimentality that often passes for patriotism. You made your soldier real, especially with the lines:
unaware of the camera
lost in deviled crab
just a skinny boy without a name
his final leave perhaps
That image of him eating the deviled crab lingers.
Also liked how your title refers to the soldier unknown in(and unaware of) the photo. Also liked the irony at the end:
death glorified by the numbers
the great war to banish
Touching and elegant poem. - David
|Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater
|You share your thoughts of unknown soldier as if it were total recall, Gene...collective memory serves you well here...we thank you for this uniform poetry this Memorial weekend...be well always Gene.
|Reviewed by blue soplain
|those intimate punches of couplets "deafening shells/blinding fears" etc. .. . a gritty and poignant reminder/remainder of all that has been paid, been fought, within and without each man and woman. .. . a powerful thing here.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Powerful write; very well written! Thanks for remembering the REAL reason why we celebrate Memorial Day! God bless our veterans!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|...and then came WW2, Korea,'Nam etc and so forth...war is never ending, nor do we stop defending...ed|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|Youth, captured forever in a photograph; to be lost by the horrors of war - a terrible cost, indeed - well penned, Gene, thank you for this rememberance of sacrifices, made - and paid -
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|So many have passed this way... poignant to a “P”.
|Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
|So apropos your poetic words, Gene. So complete your story is for the reader...
A young soldier boy - in the pretense of a suave young man - caught in a moment of savoring his food...fast forward to the unthinkable...the horrors of devistaing war; gone is the young boy, even if he survives. Images to be repeated for near one hundred years afterward, and recalled from images hundreds of years before. Would that the beauty of their lives be remembered evermore. Thank you for this one, friend.
Blessings, Love, and Peace ~~ Micke
|Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier
|Gene I love the way you capture time and break it out of the cracks of a photograph...you transport us...Great read always|
|Reviewed by Bonnie May
|Wonderful for this Memorial weekend, may we all remember tham as you have. Great write my friend. Love, Bonnie|