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Homeless soldier

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Homeless soldier

I once owned a uniform that shone in pride
The polished brass, creases and lines 
An army of friends and civilian respect 
I marched upon every street, placed every laureate 
The glowing admiration, the tireless market
Of gazing faces that sung even to the heartless 
Badgered by memories that I couldn’t forget 
Now withered and worn the years of regret 
My mental battle the suffering toll of silence 
No English I could mouth about the raw entirety 
Flashbacks of the wars supplying me 
But I sit a cluster of before 
My battlefield a daily occurrence of aimlessly wandering 
In routine emergence, of seeking cigarette butts borrowing more time and beer 
To drown out the battle none but mine could hear 
I clamber from bush broken sunlight, coughing up 
The empty sobriety of reality 
Just a used device, a human resource 
Hoodwinked and lead noosed in ignorant obligation 
Never-ending instigation from mind emancipation 
From this dumb-founded degree of humiliation 
Drunken laughter upon this man once bold 
Pissing on the soul 
And soles of my ragged boots, I couldn’t maintain or even hold 
Completely neglected by all I did serve 
Now served by a starvational solitude 
A face that none could remember, a shadow of my youth 
Just aloof wandering every day until my feet give up from the holes in my boots 
Until I drop dead like the rest of the ‘glorious dead’ 
Should have been left with a rifle on a battlefield proper 
Something my mind could accept, something I would now offer. 
Who would care and would begin to wonder 
Who these men were and why in such slumber 
After-all I am just a homeless soldier

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  1. Date: 7/11/2012 1:42:00 PM
    It was such a pleasure to read your poetry today Paul. I hope to be able in the next few weeks to find the time and energy to read and comment. May you walk through the garden of inspiration and continue to write and share your poetry with us. Love, Carol

    Knight-Kirby Avatar Paul Knight-Kirby
    Date: 12/12/2012 6:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Carol x
  1. Date: 7/11/2012 6:09:00 AM
    This is not only a poem to fav but also one that should be shared with war veterans, your old soul has done this poem justice Paul, I cannot begin to count the many lines in here that touch the heart, so glad I didn't miss this one, love Vie. Lest we forget?xxxx

    Knight-Kirby Avatar Paul Knight-Kirby
    Date: 12/12/2012 6:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much x
  1. Date: 7/11/2012 4:07:00 AM
    THERE ARE SOME REMARKABLE AND MOVING MOMENTS HERE, I WOULD LOVE TO READ THE FULLY EDITED PIECE, SOME OF THE LINES ARE POEMS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT. PLEASE DEVELOP THIS!

    Knight-Kirby Avatar Paul Knight-Kirby
    Date: 12/12/2012 6:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you David which parts and how should i edit? what would you have me do?