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Least Anyone Forget

by maryanns

When he returned
he found a shadow on the stair
there was no milk and honey
waiting for him there…

He stopped to gather courage
before he stepped inside
his once inviting living room
where both of them could hide
from the mix of mass confusion
and the endless march of time
but he knew before he stepped
across the threshold of the door
he had entered empty space
she had left him nothing more
than a lonely sense of loss
suspended in the air…

And then he wept
for the time they never spent
pursuing life together
while off to war he went…

And then he knew
she had wanted nothing more
and he had promised nothing less
then the man he was within him
from the time when they first met
but his wars went on forever
and his letters were too few
while the casualties grew costly
for the couples that they knew
so he turned and closed the door
and left his lonely memories
suspended in the air.





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Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
by Zbird on Thursday, February 23, 2012 (10:00:20)
oh wow! you really pulled at my heartstrings with this one! powerful and so full of emotions. left me with a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. beautifully written!

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    Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Thursday, February 23, 2012 (17:36:14)
    Thank you, Bonnie; I truly appreciate your comments, especially on this one. My very best wishes, Mary Ann

    - - -

    As many know and is well documented, in addition to high rates of suicide, violence and unemployment - the divorce rate has increased by over 42% among returning Iraq and Afghanistan war vets, a statistic that hardly begins to describe the personal cost of war to so many families with children.

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Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
by rondo on Thursday, February 23, 2012 (11:06:06)
yet another cost of war....nice read Very Happy peace

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    Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Thursday, February 23, 2012 (17:37:40)
    Thank you, Ron - your thoughtful comments are so appreciated.
    Take care, my friend - Mary Ann

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Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
by electrictiger on Thursday, February 23, 2012 (15:10:29)
And then he wept
for the time they never spent
pursuing life together

but his wars went on forever

So sad. And I expect so true for these men and women.

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    Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Thursday, February 23, 2012 (17:43:15)
    It is really tragic to see how many couples and families are broken by deployment after deployment. Thank you for your truly understanding comments, Chris. Very best wishes, Mary Ann

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Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
by WordLover on Thursday, February 23, 2012 (20:45:29)
Oh my!! You have given me goose bumps with this tragic piece - how heartbreaking, but you have pulled out all the stops and this amazing piece is the epitome of what all of us on this site should be aspiring to! Emotional and eloquent!!
Must heart this as well!
Hugs to you!
Sandy

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    Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, February 24, 2012 (16:48:02)
    It seems even the aspiring powers that be cannot acknowledge widespread consequences of policy choices, and it's not popular to bring it up here, either. But your response makes all the difference in the world to me; thank you so much, Sandy. Peace, Mary Ann

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Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
by Aravind on Sunday, February 26, 2012 (09:23:10)
This is easily one of my Faves! The story is awesome and how you worded it and completed it into this wonderful poem is amazing. I truly admire your work. Really!

Incredible,this one,a piece of art
A sure 10 and a favorite heart!
Very Happy

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    Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Sunday, February 26, 2012 (13:52:05)
    Living in two worlds ... perhaps only the very strong survive such lengthy separations. Thank you, Aravind, for your truly sensitive and thoughtful comments. Best wishes, Mary Ann

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Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
by omegapaf on Sunday, February 26, 2012 (16:45:39)
" if i die in a combat zone, box me up and ship me home....if i die and still come home, lay me where the rose is sown - stuart adamson.

excellently written mary ann. sometimes the land of milk and honey can taste a little sour - paul and peace hound.

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    Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Sunday, February 26, 2012 (21:05:45)
    Thank you, Paul... I love the words to Stuart Adamson's poem - truly restful and serene. Peace, my friend - Mary Ann

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Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
by BrokenWordsPoet on Sunday, February 26, 2012 (17:36:47)
Maryann I really want to be honest here. The first stanza of this poem
and the beginning of the second stanza had me thinking about a misplaced cat.
I so want to rewrite that last stanza I can barely stand it.
I just don't want to step on toes; you have such great comments.


It was then he knew
she had wanted nothing more
he had promised nothing less
the man he was within himself
from the time when they first met
his wars they went on forever
his letters sent were way too few
casualties of his wars grew costly
for the couples that they knew
they are too the victims
of a world of circumstance
so he turned closing the door
leaving his life's lonely memories
suspended in the air.

What I feel about this poem without stepping on toes
I wanted more from the last stanza.
I got lost (felt something missing)with these lines;

while the casualties grew costly
for the couples that they knew
so he turned and closed the door

I love the last two lines...

Maryann don't hate me... Please... BWP... James...

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    Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Sunday, February 26, 2012 (21:13:31)
    Oh James, how could I - of course not. I'm honored you felt the poem deeply and spent the time. I've always felt and said, to each his own interpretation. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Mary Ann

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Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
by sschubert on Monday, February 27, 2012 (12:09:58)
War torn and caught in the memories - so many live this.....nice write my friend - landed you the number one spot today - congrats!



XOXOXO

Steph Wink

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    Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, February 27, 2012 (14:24:22)
    Ah, thank you so much, Steph - Much work to be done to make things right for them... and yet some are hammering away, wanting to start another war. Peace, Mary Ann

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Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
by colinb on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 (14:37:57)
A really emotional poem Maryanns to many victims in war

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    Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 (17:31:25)
    Yes, visibly acknowledged and also invisible. I served 24 years in the military... doesn't make me any kind of an expert, simply an enlightened observer. I'm proud to have said "no" to the Iraq War, walked away from my Navy career. Thank you, Colin - Peace, Mary Ann

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      Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
      by colinb on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 (19:02:18)
      WOW!! Maryanns that must have been a hard decision for you to make though a very noble decision,that shows very powerfull character in you

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        Re: Least Anyone Forget (Score: 1 )
        by maryanns on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 (20:36:39)
        I couldn't believe anyone would buy the rationale... Young Saudi dissidents manned the planes on 9/11, Saddam Hussein and his regime were too greedy to back Islamic jihad, and in fact, hated Osama bin Laden. An embargo had curtailed technical development of nuclear weapons... Anyway, Bush and Cheney's assertions to the contrary made absolutely no sense to me.

        I was an active duty Avionics Expediter who was reassigned as a Navy Recruiter due to military cost cutting at the time... so, when I got a letter detailing me to recruit Hospital Corpsmen (Medics) for the so-called "War on Terror", I put in my paperwork to go into the inactive Navy Reserve. I am now retired - I didn't lose "everything" - just my full-time job. Then I traveled all over the country crying "foul" with a whole bunch of other angry veterans... Believe me, we worked our tails off to spread the word!

        Thanks for the kind words, Bro.

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