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Thanking a Hero

How can I thank you for saving our lives?
Because of you my whole family survives

My pups and I were surrounded by smoke
As you rushed through the door, we heard you choke

The flames you doused after pulling us out
My gratitude I offer, snout to snout

I see you have burn marks behind your cheek
I, too, have scars on my black coat once sleek

And as I gaze into your bright blue eyes
I’ve seen you before, I now realize

We’d been in front of the World Trade Center
My owner and I watched as you entered

A hero in every sense of the word
Your safety for others always deferred

And to think you’d risk your life once again
When fire victims were not even human

*For Joyce Johnson’s “Doggy Gratitude” contest

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  1. Date: 5/11/2014 12:52:00 PM
    Carolyn What a wonderfully, sweet and kind tribute to these heroes who risk their lives so unselfishly. Thank you for the nice comment on my Cowboys poem.

  1. Date: 2/23/2011 4:28:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved 1st place win in Joyce's contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 7:41:00 AM
    congrad's on your BIG win! Do the happy I'm #1 dance! Light & love

  1. Date: 2/5/2011 5:21:00 AM
    Many congratulations Carolyn on your win in Joyce's contest with this heartfelt poem. I wonder what the dog is thinking, of only we could know....:)

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 4:43:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win Carolyn. You have great descriptiveness and rhyming in these couplets.

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 1:15:00 PM
    Hi Carolyn - Hey, isn't there any contest you don't win? Only kidding...I lost 3 friends in 9/11. Three more angels are watching over me, I guess. But, I miss them. A hard poem to read. Congratulations on your win in Joyce's contest. Best wishes, Kory

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 11:59:00 AM
    Oh Carolyn. This is beautiful. Each and every line. Congratulations on this first place poem. I love it. One of my new favorites. Love, Deb

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 9:13:00 AM
    Congratulations on your first place win, Carolyn. Very touching poem. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 9:04:00 AM
    A lovely poem, Carolyn, of love and courage! Congratulations on a wonderful winning write!! love, Carrie

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 7:08:00 AM
    This is awsome.Tons of congratulations for this victory.

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 7:07:00 AM
    Good to see you at the top Carolyn, a great Couplet friend. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 12:58:00 AM
    endearing, carolyn!! love the beautiful monologue here.. doggy congrats for the big win.. :) hugggs, nette

  1. Date: 2/3/2011 10:35:00 PM
    Congratulations on your Ist Place win in Joyce's "Doggy Gratitude" Contest, Carolyn. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 2/3/2011 10:33:00 PM
    Congratulations Carolyn on your big win in this contest!Enjoyed your wonderful poem---kashinath

  1. Date: 2/3/2011 9:50:00 PM
    Congratulations Carolyn. I am so glad that I decided to have double winners. There were so many that wrote their poems from the dog's point of view that I decided to judge them separately from those who had written from the point of view of the person seeing the picture. Great poem. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 1/22/2011 7:18:00 PM
    i will not let myself go into this saddness

  1. Date: 1/21/2011 4:18:00 PM
    Carolyn, I have no doubt this will win a top spot in the contest and I will be pleased when it happens.....a very touching tribute to firemen, for whom I have immense respect....used to teach a class of firemen science, maths etc...all of a sudden their beepers would beep...they'd all run out of class, lay their lives on the line...then come back an hour later or so, and calmly study again....amazing wishes...Syd

  1. Date: 1/21/2011 10:22:00 AM
    hey, I came back here to see if your had posted for the limerick contest. I hope it was not too hard for you. It takes me a while to just THINK of what to say. Once you have the joke (the final twist in your mind) it can be easy to finish it up. Good luck, Carolyn. They look easy, but those l ittle limericks are not really so easy to do. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 1/21/2011 8:07:00 AM
    What a wonderful write dear Carolyn ! I'm sure this poem will touch many hearts, as I see already it has ! Have a wonderful day dear poet ! much love, james

  1. Date: 1/21/2011 5:45:00 AM
    Nicely rhymed, pleasant flow to the poem, enjoyed the reading.