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Paratrooper's Gracious Descent—Mother Earth Below

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Paratrooper's Gracious Descent—Mother Earth Below

It was the day I wanted the most
Yet dreaded as the worst,
Seeing the jumpmaster’s eyes
Way up there in the sky,
Waiting for the scream
“This is a paratroopers’ dream
Stand in the door—lean and mean!”
C130 paratrooper’s Jet, 1500 feet above earth
M16 Weapon by my side, ready to hit the dirt 

Knees bent as a dog’s leg on the ledge
Crackling nerves on screeching edge
Cotton dried mouth like a Sahara’s wedge
Soldier before me threw up his lunch
Stomach flipping—fear gripping  
Paratrooper’s static lines scraping, moving
Shinny brand new paratrooper’s boots 
Shivering to a shuffling groove
Trembling to its new roots

Cold palms slippery from sweating
Camouflaged face twitching like electric shocking
Eyes like a road map dredged with red
Boots shuffling towards the elliptical edge
Heard the jumpmaster’s words 
“Go, go, go—jump soldier!”
I felt like a lonely hanging leaf 
Growing from the side of a cliff
Just dangling in the breeze
Like a trapeze with distance in between

The moment of truth arrived
Saw the green paratrooper’s light
Heard the Jumpmaster’s voice—“Go!”
Cannonball leap into the rushing breeze 
Wings of angels—still praying all the more
One thousand…two…three…four…
Parachute opened above—“Puff!”
Then I knew from the Lord
As I descended safely below
I am still His beloved!



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  1. Date: 3/19/2012 7:46:00 PM
    First, thank you foe serving. Second, this is a great description of a jump. i have wanted to try and never had the opportunity. Hope you are still writing.

  1. Date: 8/8/2010 9:26:00 AM
    My brother this should be in a book such imagery you almost had me losing my lunch and this is why my feet was planted firmly on a pedal in a 5 ton truck lol great write my friend and congrats on being featuired are you done with music school yet cause my next song is going to be rap lol

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 3:13:00 PM
    Congrats Joseph on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. an excellent choice to share with us all.. with luv..

  1. Date: 8/6/2010 2:21:00 AM
    Really enjoyed reading this poem. Love the way you painted the picture with your words. Congrats on being featured this week.

  1. Date: 8/3/2010 6:21:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poem being featured this week Joseph. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/2/2010 8:41:00 PM
    Congrats Joseph on your featured poem this week on the Soup... an excellent choice to share with us all..with luv..

  1. Date: 7/20/2010 2:56:00 AM
    Wow! Wht a vivid heart thumping write, Joseph. Congratulations on your win in John's contest. Love Lainie

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 7:01:00 AM
    Congratulations Joseph on your well deserved win in John Heck's contest "Edge". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 10:07:00 AM
    What an excellent poem, dear Joseph. You took me with you in your poem and made me experience the paratrooper from beginning to end . Dina

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 7:33:00 PM
    Joseph, Congratulations! You expressed the heart freezing moments with amazing imagery and emotion. A true testament of faith. Excellent!

  1. Date: 7/16/2010 7:44:00 PM
    That static line is a great comfort huh Joseph? Congrats on your win in the contest with this memorable event.

  1. Date: 7/16/2010 2:51:00 PM
    Congrats Joseph on your winning poem in John's Edge contest with this marvelous creation.. enjoy your victory with blessings on top.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/16/2010 2:30:00 PM
    Joe, congras! keep the pen a-flowing! Canny

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 7:10:00 PM
    did you jump out of the plane, yourself? I would die! made my stomach go--flipity gurgley!

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 12:21:00 PM
    Well if this is not a testament to trusting God ..I don't know what is Joseph.. so inspirational and well written to deliver the premise of the poem.. so enjoyed your creative write and thankxxx for your special comments on my writings this week.. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii on vacation...still

  1. Date: 6/29/2010 7:26:00 AM
    Wow thats description at its best ... sarah x

  1. Date: 6/28/2010 4:22:00 PM
    Very good write! Intense! I don't think I could jump from a plane, I am very afraid of heights, and I would feint before I could even open my parachute...lol

  1. Date: 6/27/2010 5:36:00 AM
    Exciting write here,Joseph...full of action and kinda scary...my adrenaline is way up now...Great one!;) Hugs, Emily

  1. Date: 6/27/2010 12:20:00 AM
    so much action, and a very spectacular experience. the great creativity in your words to make it the true blast it is, scary! but a heck of a fall. i think i would go for it.(: awesome detail, Joseph. ~Always&Forever Lynette

  1. Date: 6/26/2010 12:16:00 PM
    Ow my,I felt so much there in action. .I felt just a pinch of the fear,excitement,prayer,I felt a bit of you and realised how brave you must be. .tnks for this roller coaster journey. .Its when we are helpless that we feel so loved by God. .There must have been an angel caring just for you!I'm in love with your writes.bravo!Celene!

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