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Beautiful Scars

She sometimes hears him moaning in his sleep,
and if he wakens, often he shows shame
to have his woman hear him softly weep,
“I should have died instead, for I’m to blame.”

He coughs (from scars inside him). His wife aches
To know her husband carries in his heart
a pain as deep as that large scar that makes
folks stare at him!  Oh, guilt and pain depart! -
She screams inside her brain, but they do not.

She cradles him, this great big brawny guy,
a hero fireman who so bravely fought
as ashes filled a blue September sky.
Oh, how she wishes she could make him see
how beautiful, with scars and all, is he!

written nov. 23, 2015 by Andrea Dietrich

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich


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  1. Date: 11/26/2015 7:57:00 AM

    This grabs the heart and squeezes. One of the best I have read so far!
  1. Date: 11/26/2015 5:29:00 AM

    You honor all those fireman that risk their lives for us Andrea clever and winning write!
  1. Date: 11/26/2015 4:07:00 AM

    Congrats on ur wonderful win Andrea.. great pen!
  1. Date: 11/25/2015 9:05:00 PM

    There are many who deserve our love and respect, not the least of whom are firemen. They are brave and bold beyond belief. Well done Andrea! Best wishes, Keith 7
  1. Date: 11/25/2015 8:37:00 AM

    A 7-plus for sure! Congratulations on your well-deserved win, Andrea. Janice
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 10:48:00 PM

    So sweet Andrea, worthy of the Placement congrats on the win...hugs
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 10:00:00 PM

    This is such a touching and a beautiful tribute to the brave firemen who risk their lives to save ours! #7
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 8:50:00 PM

    Beautiful touching write Andrea.
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 7:49:00 PM

    Congrats Andrea a beautiful poem, a great win in the contest well deserved. JDH
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 7:17:00 PM

    Hello Andrea... your sonnet is a beaut dedication for those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe - thank you Andrea - Lindsay
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 5:43:00 PM

    Dropping back with my congrats Andrea:-) hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 5:23:00 PM

    Back again to say congratulations on your placement in the contest..
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 5:12:00 PM

    Andrea...congrats on your win in my first contest! I love it..:)-lu *smiles*
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 2:36:00 PM

    Wow Andrea...a true hero from 9/11...I had a few fireman friends go there for a week afterwards to help go through the rubble. They sent it was the most chilling thing they have ever encountered.
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 2:36:00 PM

    My dear.....your poetry is a gift...thank for sharing it with us. This is absolutely amazing. The apt. The telling of what is important in Have a great time away, dear. Happy Thanksgiving in advance. hugs
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 2:23:00 PM

    Oh Andrea I can only begin to imagine the trauma for anyone involved in that or any tragedy - their scars will be with them forever. good luck in the contest:-) hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 1:08:00 PM

    A beautifully written poem Andrea, I used to know a fireman, they are so brave and are so dedicated to their jobs!!! These are deep scars!!! Best Wishes Kevin
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 12:53:00 PM

    WOW!! Andrea, this poem is so very raw and emotionally beautiful... Scars can become so very beautiful in ones eyes and how you make it happen within your eyes..... Many hugs Theresa
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 12:41:00 PM

    Beautiful write and very emotional... Well written Andrea...
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 12:16:00 PM

    Oh a trip sounds real great by now, no there is no contest that I know of, it's just that it snowed for the first time here in Toronto, was out with my friend in the eve, and it looked stunning, have fun on your trip and come back with a well stuffed muse lol x
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 12:05:00 PM

    You tell a good tale of a brave man in this fine write. Please give me some feedback on "Paranoid Vistas" if you have the time. Peace & Love Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 11:55:00 AM

    Wonderfully sad understanding of dedication and conscience.
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 11:46:00 AM

    This is an amazing sonnet, Andrea. T.J
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 11:31:00 AM

    Andrea, this gives me goosebumps... such a tender, unconditional love... a sweet poem. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, dear friend.