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That cold steel felt ominous, was a discomfort to the sleeping man's face,

The nine MM pistol near his pillow, always reminding him of a bad place.

Morning came with a trip to the yard, to feed a yellow cat something to eat,

A big Pit Bull caught the cat's tail, then the man grabbed the dog's back feet.


Swinging the heavy mutt toward a nearby parked garbage pick-up truck,

He gently lifted the cat, to stroke its fur, then released the dog, to be in luck.

It limping home, the owner's wife just laughed, nursing her own swollen eye,

Said the old dog got his come-up-ens, wished she could do the same to old Bry.


"Did you feed that cat," his wife asked, as she poured coffee in his mug,

"The cat's just fine," he answered, straightening up the living room rug.

His dusty medal on the mantel piece, a Purple Heart, he got in the war,

He gently picked it up to dust it off, then walked back through the door.


Old soldier, you were a hero then, that medal given to you, it was not enough,

That Asian war, was unforgiving, in its toll taken, and of the pain, it was rough.

Several enemy lost to your keen eye, and that one bullet meant to take your life,

As you carried fellow soldiers from a smokey field, amid a battle filled with strife.


Now you sit in church each Sunday, the war times, you never do forget them,

In remembrance, the lives taken, you ask god's forgiveness, singing each hymn.

The Lord's Supper, in its reverence of Christ's holy flesh, his blood shed for thee,

You have to leave your thoughts and of guilt, my son, by that cross at Calvary.


© 2016 whonunuwho


whonunuwho (author) from United States on August 24, 2016:

Thank you bravewarrior and blessings to you and yours. whonu

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 24, 2016:

Wow, whonu. So many soldiers never get over what they've seen and done in war-torn zones. This is a beautiful piece. Haunting. May we never take our veterans for granted.

whonunuwho (author) from United States on August 21, 2016:

Thank you Gypsy and blessings to you and yours. whonu

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 21, 2016:

Wonderful and interesting. Well done.

whonunuwho (author) from United States on August 21, 2016:

Thank you my friend, MsDora and blessings to you on this fine Sunday. whonu

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 21, 2016:

You evoke deep feelings for the soldier. Thanks for keeping him in our consciousness and hopefully in our prayers.

whonunuwho (author) from United States on August 20, 2016:

Thanks my friend. whonu

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 19, 2016:

Great stuff. You sure are good!

whonunuwho (author) from United States on August 17, 2016:

Thanks to you my friend Blossom and many blessings on this fine evening. whonu

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on August 17, 2016:

Well! It's a new style that certainly works. It covers a whole series of emotions and is so beautifully put together. Blessings to you!

whonunuwho (author) from United States on August 16, 2016:

Thanks Michael. I was trying out a little new style in this poem. Glad you appreciated it. whonu

Michael-Milec on August 16, 2016:

Funny, though serious; instructive, humorous and liberating: leave it under the cross of Calvary, and will come back a new creation in Christ Jesus.

whonunuwho (author) from United States on August 16, 2016:

Thank you much my friend. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I thought I would try out a new style.Thanks again. whonu.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 16, 2016:

This was so beautiful. I wonder how many veterans sit in church thinking about the times they had to kill to stay alive? The bible speaks of wars so I guess they will always exist. What a shame! I love your story-like poetry..

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