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Reverence

Updated on August 19, 2016

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      whonunuwho 7 months ago from United States

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

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      Michael-Milec 7 months ago

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

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      whonunuwho 7 months ago from United States

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

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 7 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      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!

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      whonunuwho 7 months ago from United States

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

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great stuff. You sure are good!

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      whonunuwho 7 months ago from United States

      Thanks my friend. whonu

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 months ago from The Caribbean

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

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      whonunuwho 7 months ago from United States

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

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful and interesting. Well done.

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      whonunuwho 7 months ago from United States

      Thank you Gypsy and blessings to you and yours. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 7 months ago from Central Florida

      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.

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      whonunuwho 7 months ago from United States

      Thank you bravewarrior and blessings to you and yours. whonu

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