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Bullets that are too far away to hear back home
But words that will forever ring just as loud in my ears
Delivered from the lips of a uniformed man
The sympathetic sentence any mother fears to hear

I turn away as if ignoring his presence
Will make this unwanted reality go away
But he repeats that he is sorry for my loss
Those words are the last thing I remember of that day

I find myself looking out of the back yard window
On the swings in the garden I still see my boy play
I am bringing drinks out to him and his brothers
Under the sun, on the grass, on endless summer days

Those memories like photographs in frames on the wall
Now show my son with a wife and child of his own
A husband and father torn from their loving arms
In to the mass grave-in-waiting of a war zone

His old bedroom was already a shrine to him
Even before his blood soaked deep in to the desert sands
We waited for him to return from his first tour
Knowing the boy we’d said goodbye to would come home a man

Although we brought him up with morals and beliefs
Compassion and bravery were born within him
For the country he loved his life has been cut short
Now in silence he lays in a flag adorned coffin

Pride gives way to grief and grief gives way to anger
As right now everything is overshadowed with pain
The world wakes up this morning no closer to peace
We wake up knowing we won't see our son again

He’s just another news story in a newspaper
You can turn the page over and the sadness is gone
But for us it lingers and I cant help but wonder
How many more sons and daughters will become fallen ones
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CrazyMai Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Writer
The last sentence... :'(
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   General Artist
aww no sad face :hug:  thanks for comments and faves :)
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CrazyMai Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Writer
You are welcome :)
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Fitting poem for 2014 ...
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   General Artist
thank you and thanks for the faves :)
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
You're welcome. :-)
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Vegetabelle Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Colin. You've outdone yourself. If you make this a song. . . 
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014   General Artist
:) thanks Kerry.  I would love this to be a song. Would be a challenge fitting all the lyrics in though. But that doesnt mean it cant be done :)
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Vegetabelle Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah. I understand. ^_^ :heart:
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CupcakeyKitten Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
Man, you are magical with your last sentences!!! They have an echo to them after you read it.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014   General Artist
i appreciate that :) I like to try to have a last sentence that has an impact.

thank you :)
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Juuria66 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful...tragic, of course, but beautiful.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   General Artist
thank you for your comment :)
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chaosheart13 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Pretty powerful piece and an interesting perspective on things. Usually people only think about how the wife and the children would react to a soldier dying in the field of battle, never any of the other members. I enjoyed this.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for the comment. Oh and thanks for watching me too! :)
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chaosheart13 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
No prob! ^^
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Liz-DarkWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That really worked up some feels, great job on emotional impact. It really makes you question if we would ever fight wars if everyone could feel the pain of losing someone so important.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   General Artist
thank you for the comment :)

War has always seemed so pointless to me but although I disagree with it I never can stop thinking about how brave the guys and girls out there fighting are. Equally I think about the families. Everyday must be a nightmare wondering if they are going to hear bad news.
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DarkRiderDLMC Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Life is sorrow.  This was a sad but true write.  The leaders should die alongside the men, it would make thought clearer for them.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   General Artist
very true. I am sure they wouldnt find it as easy to risk their own lives.

thanks for the comment :)
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tacocatpanda Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I kept telling people "I'm Okay" so many times that I began to believe it myself. 
But every time I moved I was reminded that the hurt was still there.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   General Artist
I am sorry if you have been through a similar situation to the subject discussed in the poem. It must be truly awful.

thank you for commenting :)
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