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When The Torch Came In June

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When The Torch Came In June

When The Torch Came In June--In Memory of my husband: 
            Robert A. (Bobby) Burch--Died 6/22/1996

O' June...June...I can't believe how fast time
Has gone. It seems like only yesterday
I held him close...kissed...his lips on mine.
It's been sixteen years since he went away...
That HOT, JUNE, DAY--the Olympic Torch came
Through town. Everone there--needing him too...
He sat down beside me--his face--I knew
When he said, "I don't feel well"--that glazed stare.
Everyone always asked him what to do!
Twice...he came back to assist his own care...

EMS, Doctors, nurses--all were there!
But, still, it was not enough to save him.
Two minutes from the ER--WASN'T FAIR!
'Prayed in the ER as they worked on him...
The people: loved ones, community, friends,
Were everywhere--pacing...standing...crying...
But I kept praying--"Don't let him be dying!"
Finally, they 'called it'...then let me go in...
I kissed him-- goodbye-- but felt they were lying--
Then told our son...he'd not see, DAD--again.

O' June...June...your mem'ry serves quite well...
Wish it'd been me...and he, this story tell.

deborah burch©

Entry for contest: "If I Had A Broken Heart"...

Copyright © Deborah Burch

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  1. Date: 7/30/2015 8:41:00 PM
    Deborah.. big congrats on your win in the Broken Heart contest!

  1. Date: 7/24/2015 3:12:00 PM
    Deborah, congratulations on your Broken Heart win. **SKAT**

  1. Date: 7/24/2015 1:03:00 AM
    Congrats on ur superb winning write Deborah!

  1. Date: 7/15/2013 3:58:00 PM
    awww Deb so sad, we never know do we, when we are to go or a loved one we must just keep loving! XXX OOO

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 8:52:00 PM
    DEBORAH, a wonderful congratulations in JOANN'S beautiful "Memories of June" contest~ :-) PD

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 10:05:00 AM
    A sad write here Deb.Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 8:22:00 PM
    Congrats, Deb. Excellent. Great job. Nice going. Kudos. hugs, Ralph

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 1:37:00 PM
    Cap'n Deb huge congrats on your win, heartbreaking to read, even worse to live it..David

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 1:15:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the "Memories of June" contest Deborah. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/28/2012 1:36:00 PM
    Excellent piece of Poetry Deborah... so much feeling and heart throughtout... Ive been busy withy a couple of other projects lately but still have my toes in Soup Pool... luv n hugs Michael

  1. Date: 5/28/2012 1:36:00 PM
    A sad story it is Deb, a beauty for the contest though. Wish you well my dear.

  1. Date: 5/28/2012 12:26:00 PM
    You show an enormous strength throughout this poem Deborah.Very emotional write my friend..Arild

  1. Date: 5/28/2012 1:48:00 AM
    Cap'n Deb, I thought I had already made a comment on this excellent poem, you are one strong lady, not many things bring a tear to me, but this did, love ya..David

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/28/2012 2:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you did! somehow, it all disappeared so I had to re-type and submit it in the contest. This is the second time this sort of thing has happened...hopefully the last? :) Thank you for your kindness and tender heart, love ya, cap'n deb
  1. Date: 5/27/2012 11:35:00 PM
    how sad, I admire the strength it took to write this.

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/27/2012 11:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Lisa. :) It was harder this second time, since it diappeared even from the contest...but, hopefully, this post will not 'disappear' o_O big hug, deb
  1. Date: 5/27/2012 8:49:00 PM

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/27/2012 11:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you dear ya, deb