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My Family Escape Plan

For months I’d been confined in cage,
listening to bullets rage through the Viet Cong jungle.
No sweat from my pores in unrelenting sun --
dehydration, famine, yet my I planned my “escape”

Nearby, a tepid river ran foul with blood’s scent,
and when it became intolerable, my daily escape began.
I tasted cool, refreshing ice as my spirit soared
and a sense of freedom overwhelmed my soul as I rose.

Hovering o’er killing fields, I could not look down;
cries of the wounded went unheard in this altered state.
Somehow I knew my weak body lay crumpled below,
but I was pain free, feeling only peace in another realm.

Through astral projection I was able to see my family,
and it was only this journey that kept me alive.
Imagine communing with your family in this special way,
even though you are thousands of miles apart.

When rescued at last, many months had gone by,
and the US militia’s interest had been raised. 
How could a POW feel no hate, seem so serene?
Such an enigma to ponder, but they’d never understand.

How did I survive?  What kept me sane?
The officers knew nothing of my routine escape.
Awareness I achieved spared my life;
now I could return to my family

They’d prayed everyday that I would come home,
but there was something no outsiders knew.
Our spirits had communed on another plane each day.
Having a family escape plan still brings comfort.

*Entry for Caties Out-of-Body Experience Contest.
(Fiction based on books about OBEs)

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 5/1/2012 8:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Catie's "Obe's" contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/29/2012 5:00:00 AM
    Hi congrats on your win, sorry this is a cut and paste congrats, I am on my hols with limited connectHi ionXX

  1. Date: 4/27/2012 5:58:00 PM
    I do believe and if one believes so much more becomes possible! Congrad's on your win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/27/2012 5:51:00 PM
    Congratulations, Carolyn, on your win in my obe's contest. Hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 4/27/2012 5:34:00 PM
    Congratulations. A very good story poem.

  1. Date: 4/5/2012 12:00:00 PM
    what an imagination, or did this come from a true story?

  1. Date: 4/5/2012 11:16:00 AM
    clever and powerful write, my friend

  1. Date: 4/5/2012 8:46:00 AM
    you have uncanny story telling abilities that the majority of human beings dream of...but will never touch! Thank God we can read what you write though. This is a blessing!

  1. Date: 4/4/2012 9:23:00 PM
    Hello Carolyn really had me reading along here" hope you make a win with this piece..)

  1. Date: 4/4/2012 4:06:00 PM
    Patent this one, Carolyn. Afraid, though, the masters of the far east have beat you to it. Interesting and fascinating write, dear Carolyn. Love, daver

  1. Date: 4/4/2012 11:53:00 AM
    GEE a fantastic write Carolyn I had goose bumps thinking about this story. What some of those men had to go thru as pow's is unreal. love phyl

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 9:47:00 PM
    You say it's fiction, It seems very real. it's a great poem. thanks for sharing. Lucilla

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 8:25:00 PM
    Wow, a very powerful write! I enjoyed going on the journey. Best wishes in the contest. Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 7:11:00 PM
    Great poem Carolyn, I enjoyed it hugs vie