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Sunday, November 11, 2012

WRITTEN IN BLOOD...title poem from "WRITTEN IN BLOOD" (c) 2002

Written in Blood

Standing at the gates of death
Awaiting my turn for judgment
The book filled with thousands of pages
A few names engraved crimson red

I asked around and wondered why
Some names had no coloring
The gatekeeper pondered on how to answer
What you do is how you are engraved

Still in uniform with the lethal wound
Looking down on my friends and family
I snuck a peek and saw my name
Etched in red so everyone could read

Tears well up within my eyes
As the explanation began
You see you were killed in action
Your name is Written in Blood

You have a special place within the gates
A brotherhood of perfect strangers
Brought together in life and death
Welcome Home Solider you are loved


A Thank You Is Never Enough

For Standing proud day or night
For wearing the Uniform that some may hate
For sacrificing friends and family
A Thank You is Never Enough

For cold lonely nights in far away lands
For having MREs instead of a home cooked meal
For early morning PT in sub zero temperatures

A Thank You is Never Enough

For staring down the barrel of a gun
For facing your own mortality day after day
For countless nightmares that haunt
A Thank You is Never Enough

For coming home battered or bruised
For not coming home at all
For finding peace within the loud silence
A Thank You is Never Enough

For yearly holidays taken for granted
For parades and ceremonies and medals adorned
For being a SOLDIER
A Thank You is Never Enough