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Below is the poem entitled THE LAST BATTLE which was written by poet Sidney Beck. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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In a huddled lump, old soldier on Front Street,
But the hurrying winter crowds never even see  him
As they stop for hot dogs in the snow on a child’s whim. 
An army of people pass but no one wants to meet
The  salute in his eyes; and he greets only feet       
As he pulls his old medal tunic around his one limb 
In a huddled lump.

Long months since his last time to eat meat   
Or fill his battered metal cup to the rim.
Clutching his sheet as his battle memories dim,
He finally falls in defeat fom the hail of sleet  -
In a huddled  lump.  

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Written by Sydney Peck   on  21  July  2012

Entered in  Nette Onclaud's  Contest   RONDINE  -   THE TRAFFIC OF LIFE

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  1. Date: 8/1/2012 11:58:00 PM
    Sidney ;-) congratulations with your awesome win in Nette's,, traffic contest... xox~PD

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 7:49:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Nette's "The Traffic Of Life" contest Sidney. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 7:47:00 PM
    Yes a unique aproach here !Congrats on the win Syd!

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 5:14:00 PM
    you really did the contest in a most interesting way. unique and a well deserved win, Sidney.

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 3:21:00 PM
    Sidney congrats on your this one...David

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 3:08:00 PM
    ((()))Congrats on your winning work..Great idea for the topic...Sara

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 10:49:00 AM
    Congrats on your win with this outstanding write, Sidney! Knowing it's a true story makes it all the more and blessings

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 8:50:00 AM
    KC, you start and finish with the strokes of poignancy... congrats on your stunning win in my contest... and the fee is----. just kidding.. this so gut-wrenching i needed a comic relief... salute!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 7:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your superb win Sydney, like this one xx

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 1:31:00 PM
    Sidney, this is excellent! Such a tender and poignant write. Best wishes in Nette's contest. Love and Blessings, Rhonda

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    Date: 7/22/2012 2:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So glad you liked's based closely on an old guy we saw only days ago on Nevski Prospekt in St Petersburg (Russia) where we live......thankfully in reality he didn't actually fall and die.....bestwishes to you Rhonda