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Date Added: May 28, 2012 16:05:30 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Alabaster Wall

 

 

 

 

Silently these soldiers stand

each holding a flag in his hand

Shoulder to shoulder they stand tall

together they form an alabaster wall


Here in this place, even the wind is mute

the only sound, twenty-one gun salute

A lone piper brings a tear to my eye

as the mournful notes of Taps floats by


I look at the man closest to me

he took up his post in seventy-three

Answered the call of his Uncle Sam

earned his place here in Viet Nam


"Hey mom, who is this one?"

I see another motherís son

First Lieutenant Malcolm Keach

came here by way of Normandy Beach

 

There within the fresh turned soil

Young PFC Patrick Doyle

he joins them now, the newest man

after serving his time in Afghanistan


At attention forever theyíll be

reward for defending you and me

They were willing to make the sacrifice

"Thank you" the asking payment price

 

 

 

 

Author's Notes:
For as long as I can remember we spent every Memorial Day weekend in Tennessee. On Sunday we would attend service at Fort Donelson National Cemetery. We were each given 8 roses (mom bought 2 dozen to divide among 3 of us) to lay upon unvisted markers.  It is a tradition I have tried to keep up with my children.
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Comments:
Comment By: Freeken on October 14, 2012 05:34:03 AM Report
I have been to Arlington cemetery to watch handfuls of dirt signal goodbye

the price of freedom is high.



a wonderful tribute



ken


Comment By: FreePamela A. Lamppa on July 3, 2012 11:42:35 AM Report
Memorial Day -  to honor those who gave their lives for their country.  It is day of reckoning and a ghastly reminder of the loss of beautiful human beings to the horrors of war.  What we do to one another is hideous.  Lovely sentiment in this.  ~Pamela
Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on June 6, 2012 07:09:12 PM Report

I can't believe how powerful this poem is, Kym. You said you would leave sonwriting to those who had the talent for it. Guess what? You have the talent for it. I found a song in this stunning poem in ten minutes. Here it is, kid..You songwriter, you..Unca Len

 


Alabaster Wall


 Here in this place


The wind is mute


The only sound


A twenty-one gun salute


A lone piper


Brings a tear to my eye


The mournful notes


Of Taps floats by


{bridge}


*


Shoulder to shoulder


They stand tall


Together they form


An alabaster wall


*


I look at the man


Closest to me


He took up his post


In seventy-three


Answered the call


Of his Uncle Sam


Earned his place


Here in Viet Nam


 


{bridge}


*


Shoulder to shoulder


They stand tall


Together they form


An alabaster wall


*


Hey mom,


What about this one


I see another


Motherís son


First Lieutenant


Malcolm Keach


Came here


By way of Normandy Beach


 


{bridge}


*


Shoulder to shoulder


They stand tall


Together they form


An alabaster wall


*


At attention forever


They will be


Reward for defending


You and me


They were willing


To make the sacrifice


"Thank you" the asking


Payment price


 


{bridge}


*


Shoulder to shoulder


They stand tall


Together they form


An alabaster wall


*


{repeat and fade}


Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on June 6, 2012 06:20:14 PM Report

I can't believe how powerful this poem is, Kym. You said you would leave sonwriting to those who had the talent for it. Guess what? You have the talent for it. I found a song in this stunning poem in ten minutes. Here it is, kid..You songwriter, you..Unca Len

 


Alabaster Wall


 Here in this place


The wind is mute


The only sound


A twenty-one gun salute


A lone piper


Brings a tear to my eye


The mournful notes


Of Taps floats by


{bridge}


*


Shoulder to shoulder


They stand tall


Together they form


An alabaster wall


*


I look at the man


Closest to me


He took up his post


In seventy-three


Answered the call


Of his Uncle Sam


Earned his place


Here in Viet Nam


 


{bridge}


*


Shoulder to shoulder


They stand tall


Together they form


An alabaster wall


*


Hey mom,


What about this one


I see another


Motherís son


First Lieutenant


Malcolm Keach


Came here


By way of Normandy Beach


 


{bridge}


*


Shoulder to shoulder


They stand tall


Together they form


An alabaster wall


*


At attention forever


They will be


Reward for defending


You and me


They were willing


To make the sacrifice


"Thank you" the asking


Payment price


 


{bridge}


*


Shoulder to shoulder


They stand tall


Together they form


An alabaster wall


*


{repeat and fade}


Comment By: FreeTomahawk on May 28, 2012 07:19:13 PM Report


Lest we forget....


 


Len

Comment By: FreeFirestone Feinberg on May 28, 2012 05:29:18 PM Report
A miraculous poem about miraculous souls who gave all their earthly selves so that we might enjoy our time here.  These are the BlessŤd.  The Heroic.  The Divine.  --David
Comment By: PremiumJoe McNinney on May 28, 2012 04:55:09 PM Report
WOW KYM! This is an instant fav of mine now, incredible piece of writing. It has a Billy Joel's tone to it......




 


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