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One Toy Soldier

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One Toy Soldier

One Toy Soldier

Little toy soldiers are all put away
Training is over for this time of day.
Where do these little boys go now to play?
Away from their home to die in the fray.

Little toy weapons are no longer there
But boxed in attics by mothers with care--
Where keepsakes still hold a lock of his hair--
While rockets and missles challenge his fare.

Little toy bad guys and little toy good
Haze in the distance when misunderstood.
Where fall the lilies on long crates of wood
And each gave their all--as good soldiers should...

Little toy soldiers are coming back home...
Mothers are weeping, laments all alone
Where flags lie folded--the gift of Shalom...
As the long box is lowered...'neath the loam

One little toy soldier is placed on the top
Remembering All--so that None be Forgot.

   
deborah burch©                            
4/14/2012

  

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  1. Date: 5/12/2012 5:17:00 PM
    Very moving... Terry

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/12/2012 9:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) thank you Terry...huggs, love deb
  1. Date: 5/7/2012 1:13:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the "Holding out for a Hero" contest Deborah. Love, Carol

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/13/2012 3:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you sooooo much Carol!!! big hugs, love ya, deb
  1. Date: 5/7/2012 11:49:00 AM
    Belated Congratulations on your win Deb xx

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/7/2012 12:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hey ~GG~ I have missed you girl! thank you and big congrats on all your successes...and publications!!!whoot whooot! Well Done!! big hugs,love ya deb
  1. Date: 5/6/2012 9:33:00 AM
    sigh..trained from the minute they are born to be 'little soldiers' my son was never given toys of war BUT he did gravitate toward Transformers & Star Wars! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/7/2012 12:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Debbie, so very very much!! :)
  1. Date: 5/6/2012 8:01:00 AM
    Congrats on your win, Deb. Beautiful write, my friend. Nice going. Kudos. Thanks for your kind words. luv and hugs, Ralph

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/7/2012 12:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Ralph! :)
  1. Date: 5/6/2012 5:05:00 AM
    yes heart wrenching and true, well done here Babe....:(

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/7/2012 12:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you again dear Don...hope all is well in Oz...big hugs, love your work I've been reading...:)
  1. Date: 5/5/2012 9:29:00 PM
    Just beautiful Deborah.

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/7/2012 12:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) thank you Bob
  1. Date: 5/5/2012 6:08:00 PM
    So very well written. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/7/2012 12:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Joyce :) huggsss...
  1. Date: 5/5/2012 3:17:00 PM
    Another smashing win! Love the back-n-forth of youth to adulthood in this outstanding rhyme! Congrats again....again...and again! Awesome job! Gwendolen

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/7/2012 12:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you so much Gwendolen! your encouragement is such a treasure to me!! :)
  1. Date: 4/16/2012 8:36:00 AM
    amazing poem. such depth! I love how you connected the toy soldiers to real soldiers - powerful ending. FAV poem :)

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/16/2012 8:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) awww...thank you Susan--so much! big hugs...I've missed you!!!:D love,deb
  1. Date: 4/16/2012 1:29:00 AM
    Well done Deborah, bless the soldier.... - oxox Anne-Lise

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/16/2012 5:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Amen Anne-Lise!! thank you so much my dear friend!! big hugs,love deb
  1. Date: 4/15/2012 5:22:00 AM
    very good poetry ...gave me a shiver...

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/16/2012 5:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Don....very much indeed...bigh hugs and hope you are well, love deb
  1. Date: 4/14/2012 8:05:00 PM
    wow, this is deep. This is sad and this is GOOD writing!!!! (my son too was a marine. Thankfully he got out right before Iraq)

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/16/2012 5:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you my sweet friend!! That means so much! I pray your dad is doing well.!? you are in my thoughts...big hugs,love deb