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In the Face of Death

Entry for the contest: World or War: Viet Nam
Author:  Elaine Cecelia Geroge, of Canada
Inspired by:  the Picture of the soldier’s 
carrying their wounded comrade through
the Viet Nam Jungle.  In this poem, it is
the soldeir on the left.


I dream of heaven here on earth,
where I walk in meadows green,
in the Blue Ridge Mountains, of Virginia
beside a mountain stream;
where rainbow coloured - wild flowers, 
swaye upon a breeze;
and leafy emeralds blossom,
on the limbs of lofty trees.

There in those hills where I was born
 ‘Heather’ waits for me; 
my love, my wife, I see her now
in every breath I breathe.

And I dare not cast my eyes 
 upon this grim reality;
here in Viet Nam,
where thorns and bards on gnarled trees, 
hold me in this hell- hole, 
in an endless muddy stream,
filled with blood, and sweat, and tears,
and victories broken dream.

And I dare not free my hands, 
to wipe away these tears I cry,
I can not! I must not!  for if I do,
 my brother dies!

So with every single beat, 
of this patriotic heart,
staring in the face of death, I march -
I march through Hell, 
And dream of Heaven here on Earth

Written:  April 17, 2011
Awarded:  4th place

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  1. Date: 8/22/2011 5:25:00 PM
    Thanks for sharing this reflection, john

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 4:45:00 PM
    Congratultions on your win. Judy

  1. Date: 4/26/2011 6:51:00 AM
    amazing piece on a war that should have happened, lainie..…goody cheers to you for the special win :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 4/24/2011 5:19:00 AM
    Many congratulations Elaine on your win in Miranda's fine contest, Happy Easter....:)

  1. Date: 4/22/2011 11:19:00 AM
    Great to see you in the winner's circle Elaine. Congratulations on your worthy poem's place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 4/22/2011 12:04:00 AM
    a huge congratulations to you Elaine. I knew this one would score high!

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 6:41:00 PM
    honestly.. this poem.. filled emotions... loved and enjoyed...p.d.

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 3:42:00 PM
    Congratulations on your deserving win in the contest, 'Laine. Have a blessed Easter. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 1:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on the fourth place win in the contest, Elaine

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 1:10:00 PM
    Awesome win for an awesome poem! Congratulations, Lainie. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 11:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest Lainie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 9:33:00 AM
    Congratulations on yourr win with this outstanding poem of war, I am wiping tears away also, and thanks for your ever lovely comments on my poetry~~

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 8:12:00 AM
    Congrats Lainie on your wonderful win in Miranda's contest with this illustrious account in poetry of the Vietnam War my friend.. enjoy another sweet success with luv.. wishing u a blessed and very Happy Easter celebration luv..

  1. Date: 4/20/2011 9:43:00 PM
    I have been deeply moved by your words. Fantastic write on the soldiers' feelings

  1. Date: 4/20/2011 2:32:00 PM
    Wow, Lainie, your work is so professional. Everyone else focused on the battle or the unwelcome soldiers returning home, but you took us into the soldier's soul. Surely, he must keep thoughts of love and beauty in his mind or he would go insane in the grim din of combat. Aces to you! Quality speaks for itself -- no luck needed to win this contest. Incredible! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/20/2011 9:43:00 AM
    wow, a sublime, moving read, lainie.. you brought my roof down! winning's best to you!! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 4/20/2011 8:17:00 AM
    Very much touching poem!Best wishes Elaine in the contest--kashinath

  1. Date: 4/19/2011 5:42:00 PM
    I can feel it! Elaine! nice! jimbo

  1. Date: 4/19/2011 3:17:00 PM
    Moving and meloncholic, enjoyed the piece, Elaine

  1. Date: 4/19/2011 8:49:00 AM
    "Filled with blood, sweet and tears." Don't you want sweat, Elaine. I just had to mention this in case you want to make an absouletely marvelous poem perfect. Love, daver