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Shock and Awe, Coming Back Home

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Shock and Awe, Coming Back Home

My friends come home draped in flags 
I pause at the edge of the airplane door
Facing a tunnel leading me to a muffled joy
Strangers tell me I am related to them...
I deny a woman with three kids... her kiss
My friends are slipping in trucks with flags
They are loaded and back doors explode shut...
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I wake up in a trench of blood and clean pillows
The same woman from the airport next to me
 Peacefully breathing...and I thought she was dead...
I think I am finally home, fans are not propellers
Camouflage doesn't bear swing sets in backyards
My friends' helmets, guns and boots line up in my head
Patrolling with weapons made of aluminum foil
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There is too much silence for a dead soldier walking...
I think I FEEL the kiss of the woman with three kids ...







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  1. Date: 2/27/2012 1:50:00 PM
    Very harrowing sights seeing the doors opening and the rows of the fallen draped in their countries flag. Fine write Iolanda :)

  1. Date: 1/4/2012 2:59:00 PM
    sorry for the loss.

  1. Date: 1/1/2012 7:53:00 PM
    Dramatic and compelling write, Iolanda! So well done! Thanks for sharing and for your comments on my poetry here and on facebook. Again happy New Year, my friend! Love, Caroline.

  1. Date: 12/30/2011 9:31:00 PM
    Such descriptive wording. Looks like a good job.

  1. Date: 12/29/2011 7:11:00 PM
    by the way,how is it going these days? send me an email sometime!

  1. Date: 12/29/2011 7:10:00 PM
    Just had to see this awesome poem again. Iolanda, this one was really touching to me!

  1. Date: 12/27/2011 7:17:00 PM
    An excellent write, Iolanda! Congrats on your win! Kim

  1. Date: 12/23/2011 10:43:00 AM
    A strong write.I wonder where you travelled in your mind to write such a poem like this.A big congratulation to you Iolanda.Merry Christmas:(Ps:Yes a Fav!)

  1. Date: 12/22/2011 8:56:00 AM
    Very deep and engaging Iolanda. A great write. Congratulations

  1. Date: 12/22/2011 6:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super placement in Andrea's "Word Wizard's" challenge Iolanda. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/22/2011 12:45:00 AM
    boy, I was just dying to know who wrote this one. And I am so happy Susan liked it as much as I did. Congratulations, Iolanda.

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 6:46:00 AM
    wow, this is an impressive, hard-hitting entry for the contest, and you managed to use all ten words in their original form too :-)