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He had a mother who held him tight
Tucked him in his little bed at night
         Now he is forgotten
He had good years and a loving wife
Then came the time of war and strife
         Now he is forgotten
His soul refused to handle killing
His mind confused and then unwilling
         Now he is forgotten
In doorways he hides his face away
Few lucid moments refuse to stay
         Now he is forgotten
Perhaps sometime in a different place
God will grant him a warrior's grace
          Remembering  his sacrifice

Written for a friend who has Post Traumatic Stress
Syndrome and cannot function in society

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick

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  1. Date: 8/21/2013 9:27:00 AM
    PTSD must be a horrible affliction; I can only imagine, but you captured and conveyed your subject matter well; I was suffering right along with this person as I was reading. Good job for pricking my emotion which, as poets, is our job. Thanks for sharing! :)

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 9:55:00 PM
    Good job Barbara. My brother before me was in Vietnam and found it hard to fit into society when the Army told him his time was up. In the past two weeks he has decided to move in with one of our two remaing sisters to be closer to home. You have given me much fodder for thought. Thanks for writing. Rockman :-)

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 10:33:00 PM
    barbaracongratulations in Susan's, "forgotten" contest.. have your self a good night. ;-) always~PD

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 5:59:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Susan's "Forgotten" contest Barbara. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/17/2012 8:19:00 PM
    congrats on your win Barbara

  1. Date: 7/17/2012 1:49:00 PM
    Congrats, Barb. Sad and touching. Nice going. Kudos. Thanks for your comments. hugs, Ralph

  1. Date: 7/17/2012 12:16:00 PM
    Barbara congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 7/17/2012 9:13:00 AM
    I fear there are too many of these today. congratualtions on a great writing and your win. Love, joyce

  1. Date: 7/17/2012 9:10:00 AM
    Barbara - As the tears fall, I wish we would remember them all. I guess there is no action in wishes. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 7/17/2012 7:21:00 AM
    Congratulations on your #3 win in my contest! I like how you set up this poem, beginning with his childhood to show how his life changed later, for the worst. a true tragedy.

  1. Date: 7/14/2012 2:53:00 PM
    Such a tragedy, but an excellent write, Barbara. Best wishes in the contest. Love, Kim

  1. Date: 7/14/2012 1:11:00 PM
    It drifts so poignantly across the mind, barbara... a beautiful piece for your friend.. winning huggs!

  1. Date: 7/14/2012 1:02:00 PM
    Barbara, a great poem and a reminder of a tragic illness that effects a lot of our servicemen and women, well said..David

  1. Date: 7/14/2012 1:00:00 PM
    God bless you and your friend Barbara. This is an amazing write. Love, Carol