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Bugle Calls At Fort Carson

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Bugle Calls At Fort Carson

I hear the clarion bugle calls at Fort Carson when conditions are just right,
Sounding "Reveille" at break of dawn to the mournful sound of "Taps" at night!

"Reveille" 'wakes soldiers from their well-deserved rest to begin another day
Of training to protect our freedoms, though they do it for very meager pay!

The bugle sounds "Chow Call" at noon for lunch, the most welcome of calls!
The dining facilities peal with laughter, Yankee twang and Texas drawls!

The bugle calls "Retreat" and the roar of cannon is heard to end the day.
Old Glory is slowly lowered, solemnly folded and tenderly stowed away.

The plaintive sound of "Taps" is played at ten PM echoing as clearly as a bell!
Its peaceful call heralds, "You've earned your rest, God is nigh and all is well!"

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 9/30/2012 7:35:00 AM

    Ah Bob. Great tribute to our soldiers. I think Taps is the saddest music of all.

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 12:07:00 PM

    Hi Robert the images this conjours as a civvy myself is wonderful, hope you are ok have a good weekend my friend, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 11:55:00 PM

    I remember those days when I worked for the now-defunct Defense Personnel Support Center in South Philadelphia. I was never there early enough to hear reveille, but retreat was played at 1700 hours each night. Cars had to stop and everyone saluted the flag as it was lowered. Good write as usual Bob.

  1. Date: 9/20/2012 8:50:00 AM

    Excellent writing, Bob. You have given us a great picture of a soldier's life. I thought Taps was only played at funerals, so I learned something new as well. Thanks for reading my poem on Sara. She truly is all that she seems. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 9:25:00 PM

    A good one for the soldiers, Robert!! I bet you have seen a lot since your soldier days!

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 11:14:00 AM

    you and my dad have served nations well, bob... this piece has a nostalgic yet soulful feel to it... the taps always gives me goosebumps... hope you and your wife are well..:) huggs

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 4:28:00 PM

    Great job, Bob. Sorry I haven't been on line for about a month. Una was in hosp for over three weeks. Two weeks in ICU. Home now, doing better, but a long way to go! I was at the hosp, 12 hrs a day, 7 days a week! Haven't been able to go on line during that time. Hope everthing goes well for Vera she's been thru a lot. Tell her God's speed on getting well. You're both in our prayers. All the best. Una/Ralphie

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 3:43:00 PM

    this reads wonderfully Robert, and again, a lesson for all, in each and every line.. it's a honour to browse upon your poems, thank you... Harry

  1. Date: 9/18/2012 8:56:00 AM

    just love this, Bob. Hope you and Vera are both doing well - my father's just discovered he has cancer and is waiting for a scan to see how bad it is. Congrats on all your wins : )

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 5:04:00 AM

    What a poetic education re: the bugle calls! If I could give u a pen name it would have to be "the poetic patriot!" Don'tcha think that would stick with ya? I sure do!! ..got my fingers crossed on that info about vasc surgeon...Happy Monday! gwendolen

  1. Date: 9/16/2012 9:24:00 PM

    This is a very well crafted write my friend! You've done excellent with this poem! I really enjoyed this fine and delightful piece this evening! I hope things are going well with you, we haven't heard from you in a while, we miss your presence here on the Soup Robert! This is an awesome poem, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 9/16/2012 8:09:00 PM

    Nice memories penned dear, have a nice evening , thinking of you and hoping all is well with Vera. xxx vie