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Ballad of Sammy Taylor

Sammy Taylor was a good kid, as everyone could see He was destined for greatness unknown to you and me. From the hills of West Virginia, a place called Whittlers’ Bend. He left one day in ’66 never to return again. Folks all remember Sammy for the goodness in his soul. A smile and sparkle in his eyes glittered just like gold. Sammy considered all the people as family to him. When he was called to fight for peace in a place called simply, 'Nam'. He grew up a hunter and loved his fishin’ too So things the outdoors offered Sammy weren’t all that new. ‘Nam' was not the West Virginia Mountains that he knew. The morning he woke up on a hill called 14 Blue. Charlie had been active there just the day before And signs that he was very close could not be ignored. While all remained quiet throughout that August day Little did anybody know that night would bring hell to pay. It was just about a quarter to three, and all was strangely quiet, When the chatter of an M16 broke the silence of the night. There was a pop and then a flare gave vision to the night…. A voice was heard to say, “Charlie’s on his way and he’s coming here to fight.” Now, Sammy had already seen his share of hell on earth And Charlie’s demons gave him one more chance to prove his worth. A dedicated VC soldier was always an awesome foe But nothing will surpass the courage Sammy would soon show. Sammy found himself in front of an insane VC charge He barely had the time to yell, “They’re comin’, Look Out, Sarge!” A VC grenade proved to be his last courageous test When a West Virginia mountain boy covered it with his chest. Now, there’s a house in Whittlers’ Bend with a medal on a wall. But the plaque hanging there beside it cannot tell it all--- How Sammy Taylor went outside, one morning, just to play, Then, some years later, gave his all, in a place so far away. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 Written By John Posey 05/18/13

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  1. Date: 5/25/2015 10:43:00 PM
    STUNNING TRIBUTE, John, love the poem. Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day filled with warmth, pride, and togetherness. love **SKAT**"

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 5/26/2015 1:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    SKAT..... You might like one of the poems I wrote for this year..... "Rest In Peace" or "Angel With An M16" are some of my first writes after a long absence .... Thanks, always for your encouraging words... Love Ya, Always....... Jake
  1. Date: 3/4/2015 12:16:00 PM
    Hi John.. a belated but well deserved congrats. I'm traveling and just now read your work!

  1. Date: 2/22/2015 5:38:00 PM
    Hello Joh, CONGRATULATIONS, on your Win, Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 2/22/2015 4:51:00 PM
    John, Sorry, it took this long to close my contest. Congrats :) NATE

  1. Date: 11/1/2013 12:24:00 PM
    I also wrote a poem a while back on Nam...."Vietnam's broken souls.." might like...or not...?

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 11/1/2013 2:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'll check it out.... Thanks.... Jake
  1. Date: 11/1/2013 12:19:00 PM
    I'm speechless Jake....and shaken.....thank you and..Sammy.....

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 11/1/2013 2:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Your reaction to my ballad only goes to reveal a loving and understanding heart... I am happy that you read it.... Jake
  1. Date: 9/14/2013 3:36:00 PM
    Very nice, John... heroism is hard to depict... but you've done it very well...Terry

  1. Date: 9/13/2013 1:53:00 PM
    This poem carries a very important message that all of us should pay close attention to. Those people who made the greatest sacrifice that any human being can make, should never be forgotten. A perfect poem for Memorial Day...This poem could almost fit with any war in history...Great flow to this poem, it's almost like song lyrics. A very enjoyable poem to read!

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 1:54:00 PM
    Very well written and it had me totally encompassed in the story! Brilliant and God be with you :)

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 7/5/2013 3:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Jordan, it is finally gratifying to see the Viet Nam vets get the credit they are due. This was one way I thought I could further their cause.... Thanks for your visit....Jake
  1. Date: 7/5/2013 12:15:00 PM
    Very well written John, It gets right to the heart strings. I posted another vietnam poem that I have just because you have appreciated the others I have written. Thank you again for the kind words.

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 7/5/2013 2:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Connie, I wrote this with the purpose of showing our kids were not warmongering monsters they were made out to be, here at home. Your comments are greatly appreciated.. Love, sweetheart..... Jake
  1. Date: 7/5/2013 4:29:00 AM
    That was a great poem and an excellent story, I really did enjoy it. It sounds like you have been there yourself by he way you wrote. You have great talent, John...Thank you Peter

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 7/5/2013 10:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Peter, it means a lot to me that you find authenticity in my work. I value the opinion of all who put it on the line. People like you and Sammy are heroes in my book.... not someone to be spat on.... Jake
  1. Date: 5/31/2013 9:21:00 PM
    John, excellent homage to Sammy, powerfully told, very enjoyable.

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 6/1/2013 5:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sheri, thanks for your visit and kind words about Sammy.... He was particularly on my mind this past Memorial Day.... Jake
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 6:53:00 PM
    Hello John, this is a very touching ballad about Sammy, My nephew will soon go to a far away place, he's in the navy. My sister is overwhelmed, he to will give America all he's got. This is not Nam', however sometimes a man wakes up, and is ready to face a world without fear. and medals will find their ways to our walls... I don't know how to feel about my nephew's dedication to his country. My jaws dropped when i heard the news.. only cause of stories like this.. a very touching story. LINDA

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 5/20/2013 7:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Linda, I can understand your concern. But I feel nothing but respect for your nephew. I spent some time serving what I believe to be the greatest nation ever. I came out a better man with totally different values. Would I do it again?.... In a heartbeat.. Hugs to you and Sis.... Jake
  1. Date: 5/18/2013 9:57:00 PM
    A riveting poem. I recall the 60's era vividly. Such a hellacious time for our young men. I was a teenager then as we wore our green army jackets in support of our troops. This brings back so many memories of the atrocities in Nam

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 5/19/2013 8:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Karen, I appreciate your comments. The horrors of young me facing death can never be overexposed.... Jake