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An Expression of Gratitude

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An Expression of Gratitude

Dear Jake, I know you have never met me
I life in your homeland across the sea
Our priest gave us a list of men at war
He asked us to write; I couldn’t ignore

I can but dream of the horrors you see
Applauding the way you fight so bravely
You put your life on the line every day
And my gratitude I want to convey

Your days are filled with incredible strife
Do you have children at home and a wife?
You know that your family prays for you
I want you to know that I’m praying too

If you write back, I’ll return each letter
But when you’re home safely, I’ll feel better




Written July 28, 2012
*Entry for Gail’s “Write a Heartfelt Poem to a Soldier” contest

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  1. Date: 12/31/2012 10:17:00 AM
    Oh Carolyn, how could i not come back to you, on this the last day of the year,, my bonus a wonderful poem,, and a chnce to say,, Happy New Year to you...love and miss you god bless you...

  1. Date: 10/25/2012 5:04:00 AM
    Good Morning Carolyn!How are you?Waiting for a new poem from you.

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 10:16:00 PM
    This is so stirring as an anonymous letter is written to a deserving soldier. I really wonder how many really write these sort of letters?...Just showing support to a soldier that you've never met is a grand way to extend patriotism...You demonstrate the best in us with your own patriotism, Carolyn...this reminds me of a few other of your patriotic writes...Wish I could remember the one you wrote that was in code---grrr. luv,gwendolen

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 9:01:00 PM
    Always a pleasure to read you, Seafaress! Well done as always! Much love, Annalise

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 1:40:00 PM
    This is a wonderfully beautiful write my friend! I am pleasantly entranced by your words, your skill at writing poetry amazes me! I really love your incredible piece here Carolyn...Great Work!! I hope you are doing better. I heard you were having a rough time. Just know that you are in my prayers and that I think of you. Keep writing as that has to ease any pain you might have. I enjoy reading your work and always look forward to seeing them here on the Soup! Until later, with luv, Russell