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Moon O'er Normandy Beach

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Moon O'er Normandy Beach

An eerie calm settled o'er Normandy Beach that solemn summer's night.
The debris of battle was strewn 'neath the full moon's silvered light.
The tide cleansed the beach of the blood of men who were in the fore;
Brave men who'd faced the hell of war on that ravaged Norman shore!

Those who gave their all, lay awaiting removal from that embattled strand.
With lifeless eyes and boots pointed t'ward the stars, they slept upon the sand.
Fathers, brothers, sons and husbands slain during the conflict's ebb and flow,
By the inexorable Scythe of Death in the battles of Pointe du Hoc and St. Lo!

What might these heroes have become if fate had not dealt them so?
A teacher, farmer, doctor, a minister?  Alas, we shall never know!
They left farm, shop, school and hearth to cross the billowing sea,
And forfeited life on the Altar of Honor that others might live free!

The moonlight revealed treasured items strewn about on the ravaged beach.
Final letters to loved ones lay fluttering in the breeze, now beyond their reach.
There were wallets with photos of wives and children who are left to grieve.
Only the memory of his close embrace will their empty hearts now ever cleave!

Toothbrushes, razors, bloody shoes and socks were gathered by grieving mates,
As they tenderly cared for fallen brothers who've gained the Pearly Gates. 
The moon glowed brightly that night o'er Normandy Beach as it paused on high,
To caress the cheeks of brave men as it passed on its eternal bourne in the sky!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 10/22/2013 9:19:00 PM
    A wonderful tribute Robert. Some hard memories.So often its something vary simple that comes back to me.I used to dream about this guy with a sawed off shotgun. I saw the man once my first week in Viet Nam. He wore it like Steve Mcqueen in WAnted Dead or Alive wore his weapon. Strapped to his leg for a fast draw, I digress . Good poem ,they will never be forgotten. Be good to you ;Michael.

  1. Date: 9/4/2013 11:52:00 AM
    Wow, from service member to service member, great poem honoring the brave men who stormed that beach and who fought that war period. There will never be another generation like "The Greatest Generation". " have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom." MC

  1. Date: 9/3/2013 2:27:00 PM
    A very touching write... So few even think about Normandy anymore in the younger generation... You reminded us here.

  1. Date: 9/3/2013 11:13:00 AM
    amazing Bob H., one of the best poems I read today.. a much heartfelt poem... always~ Linda

  1. Date: 9/2/2013 9:32:00 PM
    Heart felt expressions, Robert, " With lifeless eyes and boots pointed towards the stars". Only you can write such sad and poignant lines.

  1. Date: 9/2/2013 5:43:00 PM
    This is such an amazing, moving write! The detailed descriptions make you feel like you were there. A sad tale but very well written, Robert! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 9/2/2013 3:26:00 PM
    Ok, Im weeping now...An awesome and heart wrenching piece. More tomorrow...I work so may be later in the evening. BG