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The POW's Escape

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The POW's Escape

POW confined in a cage
Through Viet Cong jungles bullets raged

No sweat from his pores in unrelenting sun
Dehydration, famine, yet his needs were none

A tepid river so foul with blood’s scent
But the outcome of torture was not as meant

He tasted cool ice as his spirit soared
Freedom came fast once the war was ignored

Hovering o’er killing fields his soul’s eyes
Saw not the wounded, heard not their cries

Though his weak body lay crumpled below
Pain free he reveled on clouds, heaven’s snow

Through astral projection he’d been set free
Each day he survived, taking this journey

When rescued at last many months gone by
The US militia did not know why

GI Joe felt no hate, seemed so serene
And not one of his rescuers could glean

Why this soldier survived, what kept him sane
For they’d not escaped inside this man’s brain

The awareness he’d achieved spared his life
So he could return to his son and wife

Who’d prayed everyday that he would come home
Only to say they’d never been alone

Their spirits communed on another plane
And life as they’d known it would never be the same


*Entry for Caties Out-of-Body Experience Contest.

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  1. Date: 8/16/2010 10:34:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/16/2010 9:19:00 PM

    carolyn, I had to go way back just now to find something of yours I'd not commented on. this one is quite interesting. I am enthralled by thiings like astral projection and would love to be able to experience it. have you?? Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 1/22/2010 10:57:00 AM

    Graciously thanks for all your support in my contest, Sincerely, Love, Moses

  1. Date: 12/23/2009 12:07:00 AM

    Congratulations on your fabulous win in Elaine's contest," Tell me a story". Your poem is so inspiring and moving, telling of GI Joe's escape and survival. I had almost gotten drafted and I could have been myself that soldier, but God somehow changed my course and spared my life; and today, Iprobably wouldn't have been alive to read your magnificent poem. Merry Christmas, Caroly and thanks for your wonderful comments. Love, cheer, and blessings, Andrew.

  1. Date: 12/18/2009 5:27:00 PM

    Dear Carolyn, Thank you for participating in my contest and congratulations on your win. Your story touched me deeply. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 12/18/2009 8:04:00 AM

    Carolyn, Congrats on your win in Elaine's contest "Tell Me A Story", so very well deserved! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/18/2009 12:01:00 AM

    Congrats on your success in Elaine's contest Carolyn.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 12/17/2009 6:29:00 PM

    Congratulations Carolyn, on this wonderful win in Elaine's contest. What a gripping story! ~ Happy Holiday to you and your family! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 12/17/2009 3:48:00 PM

    Congrats Carolyn on your awesome win in Elaine's contest. So well written!!! Hugs, shar xoxoxo

  1. Date: 12/14/2009 5:57:00 PM

    I like the idea in this and I like the pace.

  1. Date: 8/15/2009 8:39:00 AM

    Great piece! As I have said before, you have a way with words that work very well.

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 8:23:00 AM

    I feel extremely fortunate and educated when I read your poetry. Nicely Done. TL

  1. Date: 8/12/2009 6:15:00 PM

    war. and it's results. nice of you to mention it. John Henry Loving III

  1. Date: 7/16/2009 7:23:00 AM

    this is amazing. I hate how all the pro sports players get so much glory when these men are the ones that really really deserve it

  1. Date: 7/10/2009 4:41:00 AM

    Excellent must be God inspired. Sara

  1. Date: 7/5/2009 6:57:00 PM

    Very nice, the scenery is so powerful amazing write!

  1. Date: 6/26/2009 3:30:00 PM

    Big mistake! I didn't mean 'by' a copy, I meant BUY a copy. Love from old fumble fingers. daver

  1. Date: 6/26/2009 3:27:00 PM

    Very timely, Carolyn. Obviously, and I like the word, this man was 'aware' of something few can realize. So, what's the news on your book? When it comes out I want to by a copy. BIG lOVE, daver

  1. Date: 6/21/2009 12:24:00 PM

    Great job Carolyn. This one comes from a very very different place then what I'm used to seeing on the soup. Can you tell me where you went to research this case? I'd be interested in reading the complete story. Thanks for the eye opener! Oh and soup mail for you. -Yoni

  1. Date: 6/20/2009 2:17:00 PM

    I really like this poem!! Great job! I can see you have a gift for writing! Thank you for complimenting on my poem and welcoming me to poetry soup! I appreciate it!

  1. Date: 6/20/2009 8:47:00 AM

    Carolyn, I'd like to introduce your POW to a beloved friend of mine; Marion Maxwell CWO-4 U.S. Navy who died in Dak To prison. I think they would like and admire each other as much as I like and admire this poem. God Bless, Will

  1. Date: 6/19/2009 1:00:00 AM

    Great piece! I remember my relatives who lost their lives in war for the sake of freedom. Ernilando

  1. Date: 6/18/2009 4:01:00 AM

    Wow Carolyn. This poem is magnificent. The Vietnam war was "drug" along so many years. War helps the economy sometimes, but the price in lives can never be paid for. The horrors of those rice patties full of hidden traps takes a toll on sanity. This poem about sanity through astral projection, communicating beyond of one's body to a spiritual place is the only way sanity could be maintained in the midst of war's horror. Very insightful and excellent poem, my good friend. Lovingly, Dane

  1. Date: 6/18/2009 12:43:00 AM

    Excellent vignette would make a great movie.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 6/18/2009 12:02:00 AM

    Thus I enjoyed "Your Write" thoroughly--Graphic and filled with saddened truths of wars sorrows--Yet, filled with a happy ending, amid points and messages of benefits I believe, for others to behold and to learn from!!!?:):)~"Excellent Write Dear Lady"~"My Love Always & Forever, To 'You & Your Loves,' John!!!"~"Sweet Dreams Precious Carolyn Devonshire!!!":):) Goodnight ~

  1. Date: 6/17/2009 11:58:00 PM

    ....That one major factor was mirrored within "Your Moving Write Here"~They held onto their dreams of loved ones and one another; and found strength within their hearts and souls, to survive through these trials ans astrocities!!!~And I truly loved "Your" reference unto prayer--for I have long believed, that it is the greatest thing which one can do--when needing strength and hope!!!:):)....Cont....

  1. Date: 6/17/2009 11:52:00 PM

    Very Profound Write of What I Would Say, Perhaps May Be Close To Home For "You" Dear Lady!!!?:):)~Another compassion and love filled write, "Beautiful, Precious & Priceless Carolyn Devonshire!!!":):)~It reminds me of the holocaust prisoners experiences; and how studies and interviews later conducted; they found the main reasons why many of then survived, given the opportunity to not face the gas or squads....Cont....

  1. Date: 6/17/2009 10:49:00 PM

    The depth and truths of your work dear Carolyn is utterling amazing. You always knock em dead with your intelligent mind and caring heart. Glad you are back!

  1. Date: 6/17/2009 10:16:00 PM

    Great piece, I love your rhymes! "Freedom came fast once the war was ignored"....outstanding line, Carolyn! Excellent writing, as usual. Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/17/2009 5:45:00 PM

    I can only imagine....-AA

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