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Veterans Lament
by Budd Nelson

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Rated "G" by the Author.
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November 11, 2014 Veterans Day

No more parades or cheering hoards
sans tickertape and confetti
wafting as snow on currents air
not since thier grandfathers were young.
Now they return without fanfare
protected from protected men
hiding away thier inner haunts
not enough care to help them heal.

So you sit in upholstered chairs
viewing large screens or playing games
dining well on favored cuisine
and sleep on beds like restful clouds.
You, who honor not thier resolve
feasting of cans or packets dry
while sleeping in dirt or rocks nigh
watching friends and innocence die.

A dour fate, i mourn the loss
our people yore who honored those
valiant ones who served for us
on distant shores to keep us safe.
I for one do here pledge my oath
to never forget what they gave
in service for the rest of us
should be, all honored every one.

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Reviewed by Carol Phelan Aebby 1/23/2015
This is a wonderful write! The world cannot do enough for all the soldiers who have lost and continue to lose their innocence on battlefields to protect ours.

With gratitude,

Carol Phelan Aebby
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 11/20/2014
We must always remeber those that have served and died for us and those that are serfving now.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/17/2014
A most apt and timely sharing, Budd. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Barbara Henry 11/17/2014
Great write Budd,and I too honor and salute veterans. Each Thanksgiving and Christmas(and throughout the year) I, along with a few friends, prepare meals and gifts for veterans who live in a nearby veteran's compound.
Thank you for sharing,and continued success.

Barbara J Henry
Reviewed by Michael Schafer 11/16/2014
Very well done.

Michael D.
Reviewed by jude forese 11/15/2014
indeed, i do ... especially my relatives who died in the Revolutionary War, in the Civil War and my father who served in WW 2 as a pilot as well as my son-in-law who served 2 years in special forces and received 2 purple hearts ...

good poem, mr,nelson
Reviewed by G. Roscoe 11/13/2014
Yes, honor our vets, and care for them also.
Reviewed by John Domino 11/12/2014
True for some but some is too many. No Veteran should be on a bread line...
Reviewed by Isabella Koldras 11/12/2014 it.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 11/12/2014
I don't see this as a lament. Otherwise, it's beautiful.

Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 11/12/2014
This is a great poem...we do not honor those who served our country enough.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 11/12/2014
All the men in my family were veterans. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who are serving and for those who have served as my children and grandchildren were taught to have as well. You have stated it all so well here in your write.

Love ya!

Reviewed by Mary Elshaday 11/12/2014
What a phenomenal write Budd. Remember and honor them we should and for always.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 11/11/2014
an excellent Write Budd

you hit it on the head

we must teach our youth the reaspect

needed for for our Vets, the ones that return

and those that left their souls in a battle field

Peace be with you

Reviewed by richard cederberg 11/11/2014
An interesting confluence of modern language ("sans tickertape and confetti") and Shakespearean lyric ("our people yore who honored those"). Trying to bridge the old and new in one piece is ok but perhaps continuity is preferable. Nonetheless, your message is intact and touching. All vets (I am one) desire America's veneration, back-slaps, and thanks. Enjoyed.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 11/11/2014
You have called it like it is, Budd. The goddamn liberals are sending this country on a one trip ticket to hell.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 11/11/2014
Valiant each one never to forget always honored.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Kathy Parenteau 11/11/2014
Wonderful tribute. I too will never forget those who've sacrificed their lives for my freedom. This poem is a wake up call.

Kathy J Parenteau

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