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Date Added: October 10, 2004 01:10:46 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Bag Lady's Story
Today I met an old bag lady.
Pushing her cart through the street.
With little white toe pigeons.
Cooing between her feet.

She stoped by an old worn statue.
Of a soldier standing tall.
And let go of three white petals.
To be blown away by the winds silent call.

I walked slowly to the lady.
Who seemed so lost and forlorn.
And asked her in a quiet voice.
The reason for which she mourned.

She turned and began to talk to me.
Tears in her eyes.
About a story of her husband.
A story of how he died.

My husband was a soldier.
Of the mighty USA.
And on the year of ''47.
He was called away.

Months had gone so quickly.
And then, it was fall.
That's when I received it.
That most dreaded kind of call.

A soldier came to my doorway.
A letter in his hand.
And told me in a toneless voice.
He was a courageous man.

I slid down from the doorway.
Silent in my pain.
As the soldier began to tell me.
Of my husband and his fame.

Your husband was a hero.
He saved three mens lives.
Who were lost within a jungle.
In the middle of the night.

When they finally made it to safety.
And had a chance to rest.
A soldier saw to his sadness.
A bullet in your husbands chest.

There was no chance to save him.
enemies closing in.
So your husband told the soldiers.
To go on without him.

Your husband provided cover.
For those three other men.
So that they would have a chance.
To see their families again.

Your husband is a hero ma'am.
For that I can attest.
Of all the soldiers in this world.
He was of the best.

The soldier started shaking.
tears in his eyes.
That's when I came to realize.
He was a soldier who would of died.

The soldier then saluted me.
And then he turned away.
Leaving me behind.
To deal with my pain.
~~~
~~
~
That is my story .
This is my life.
It is what happens.
When you become a soldiers wife.

I travel the world alone now.
Helping those that I can.
Telling them my sad story.
Of my darling soldier man.

I know that their will be a day.
When the world will be free of pain.
And then I will finally know.
My husband did not die in vain.

But until that day comes.
Until its finally here.
I will wander this lonely world.
Looking for my long lost dear.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~
The bag lady then did leave me.
and began to walk away.
but already she changed my life.
on that cold autumn day.

For she had come to teach me.
On that cold autumn day.
That peace came with a price.
And not just the soldiers paid.
~~~
~~
~
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Comments:
Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on December 5, 2008 01:36:54 PM Report
Michael,
 I just had to read this again... Tell me  do you ever hear from our Bag Lady on this site
seems she has disappeared ?
She was a lovely lady with style grace and charm..
 A wonderful story your a awesome writer..
 ~ She Whispers

Comment By: PremiumBruce A. Peaslee on November 5, 2007 08:31:04 PM Report
Forgotten,  I've just read this desrving work.  It is so true,  When a soldier or sailor dies the cost is far greater than just the soldier, that's bad enough, but the family and all that have been connected to him also suffer loss.  War and crime (for that matter) leaves in it's wake such heart- ache and loss.  Well written

 

 

---Poetrydad---

Comment By: PremiumVizualEnsemble on December 15, 2006 11:11:49 PM Report
You will find this one in my favs! Chills and tears here dear. Such an

emotional and powerful write. One of the best yet. Thanks for sharing this one.

God Bless you.

~Penny~

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on September 26, 2005 03:29:17 AM Report
THIS POEM??? HOW DID I MISS THIS... I MUST HAVE BEEN OF SITE.. THIS IS A MASTERPIECE*** GREAT AWARD.. WHAT A STORY... ~ INDIA~ SHE
Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on July 1, 2005 12:06:14 PM Report
Michael....I have no earthly idea how I missed this most poignant piece~ It is such a moving and intricate write, and the emotions placed within the lines makes it doubly award-winning....I should love to enter it into my list of favorites.....Beautiful poetry.....
Margaret.....the old Bag Lady
Comment By: FreeMary F. Charest on June 14, 2005 02:25:44 PM Report
A beautifully written and moving piece. Well deserved award. Congrats.
Mary
Comment By: FreeChristina on May 19, 2005 11:44:08 AM Report
Congratulations on your well deserved award. You are an amazing writer. You are truely blessed with a incredible imagination or just a wonderful way to express your feelings and thoughts. This was a great write. I really did enjoy it. Keep up the good work!
~Christina
Comment By: FreeTracy Fletcher on May 1, 2005 04:12:56 PM Report
Congrats Michael on the award it is very deserving. It brought tears to my eyes, being the mother of a Marine. I can only imagine what it would be like to lose a son, but to lose a spouse, how horrible.
Tracy
Comment By: Freeellie on April 30, 2005 10:49:30 PM Report
when i read your poem i almost cryed its beautifully written
Comment By: FreeShauna on April 30, 2005 05:19:54 PM Report
Wow im.. speechless
Comment By: FreeHannah Mae on April 30, 2005 03:41:16 PM Report
This is beautiful.
Shanna M.
Comment By: FreeFlis R on April 30, 2005 10:42:17 AM Report
What a beautiful poem,
you had me captured till the last word.
Congrats on the award.
Felise xoxo
Comment By: ModeratorJillian K. Alexis on April 26, 2005 01:09:17 PM Report
This is a magnificent write ~STARLIGHT~. The imagery u used was excellent. As always, I love your' work. Congrats on your' award, u deffinetely deserved it.
Jillian
AKA...~SUNSHINE~
Comment By: Freejoia on April 26, 2005 12:45:52 PM Report
Awesome poem, inspiring through the tears...and brings home a point often missed...for every fallen soldier there is a Mom, sister, or wife. Well deserved medal and Congratulations, joia
Comment By: FreeGlata on April 25, 2005 03:09:41 PM Report
Michael, first I have to say "Congrats!" This is a very well earned award...secondly, I have to say...You have moved me to tears with this beautifully penned write. I guess we never realize just how brutal the effects of war can be and the lasting results that remain with us....
Again...congrats....
Glata
Comment By: PremiumLindaM on April 25, 2005 02:43:28 PM Report
It takes allot to make me cry Michael,
But you have made the tears stream
down my face. This is such a heart-
wrenching story and it is penned
beautifully. I am adding it to my
favorites. Congratulations on the
VERY well deserved award. Linda
Comment By: FreeJeff on April 25, 2005 08:06:34 AM Report
Congratulations on the award.
Very well deserved.

Jeff
Comment By: FreeSamantha Firefly on April 25, 2005 05:38:14 AM Report
This is so sad, but very well written. Congratulations on your award.
Samantha.
Comment By: FreeSharon Jorcil James on April 24, 2005 11:45:40 PM Report
As the wife of a soldier please let me salute you on this lovely and endearing poem. This is certainly deserving of the award Michael. COngratulations.

Sharon JJ
Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on April 24, 2005 11:16:41 PM Report
I would like to express congratulations on behalf of the administration and CP team.

This is a beautiful, stirring write, it literally gave me chills...the price of war is high...let there be peace!

~Barbara~
Comment By: on April 24, 2005 11:02:07 PM Report

Comment By: FreeSavanahB on March 27, 2005 05:46:11 AM Report
Sweet Jesus, Michael, just stick a knife in my heart! This is one of the most beautiful things I have read in.... well, forever! It is so sad and yet uplifting at the same time. Kudos, friend, wonderful post.

I have but one suggestion. Soldiers always call women 'ma'am' never 'lady'. Warriors are always gentlemen. Other than that, it is letter perfect and into my fav bucket it goes. - Savanah
Comment By: FreeMARIA on January 24, 2005 11:26:51 PM Report
i liked the ending

"For she had come to teach me. On that cold autumn day.That peace came with a price.And not just the soldiers paid."

very good write.. check out my writting :)
Comment By: Freeharmnoi on October 10, 2004 08:48:03 AM Report
Very sad I enjoy it .Well said !




 


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