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There’s a space,     next to me
Where he,              used to be
There’s a cot,        waiting for
Him to walk through the door

And the guys gather round
To hear if he’s been found
He’s missing

We were young,    we had heart
And we knew,       from the start
Going home,         was the deal
If only that were real

And the guys gather round
To hear if he’s been found
Still missing

Then up,             goes the list
Of those,            who don’t exist
The heaven’s,      open wide
Accept the human tide

And the guys gather round
Young and strong and proud
Line that hole in the ground
No longer…… missing……….

Just….. Missed

For Crosses in Your Eyes Contest


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  1. Date: 8/28/2015 1:44:00 PM

    intriguing in a wonderful way...the spaces along the lines are effective tools to mark important pauses...splendid, richard1.. huggs
  1. Date: 8/28/2015 7:54:00 AM

    This is outstanding poetry, to say the least Richard, I am glad I stopped by to pay homage, in my small way, have a great day xxx
  1. Date: 8/22/2015 11:34:00 AM

    Such a sad and emotional write, Richard...raised goosebumps for sure. Also, congratulations on your placement in Justin's contest. Sandra
  1. Date: 8/21/2015 7:42:00 AM

    This is really good, Richard. So sad.
  1. Date: 8/19/2015 9:40:00 PM

    thanks for reading my poem tonight. I wonder if there are any of your poems I have not read yet!! I still think this here poem is one of the best I have seen from you, Richard!
  1. Date: 8/4/2015 1:46:00 PM

    Richard.. Great win, I salute you!!
  1. Date: 8/3/2015 3:47:00 PM

    A very effective and emotionally relevant piece. I see as well that congratulations are in order. Take care Rich.
  1. Date: 8/1/2015 9:48:00 PM

    I bet you got a high score. I can see you got congrats. So BIG congrats to YOU on a well deserved win.
  1. Date: 7/30/2015 7:53:00 AM

    Thoughtful, intriguing, good ending.
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 12:21:00 AM

    You have the resolute voice of someone who was there. This makes the piece even more poignant. Congratulations, Richard
  1. Date: 7/28/2015 5:56:00 PM

    Your write speaks eloquent in the heart of the readers, this precious write is intriguing. Excellent..good luck.......A.M.
  1. Date: 7/26/2015 10:12:00 PM

    WOW, now I am seeing how YOU did crosses in your eyes. I think I am not an abstract person. I doubt I would have ever just been able to take off on the topic the way you did and end up with this kind of amazing poem!!! (sure hope he places YOU on his list, the last line is outstanding)
  1. Date: 7/26/2015 9:55:00 PM

    Very heart felt, Richard. Very sad. One of your best. That ending stanza and line really got to me. I'm glad you are posting again. You are so talented.....
  1. Date: 7/26/2015 6:51:00 PM

    Wow Richard.... I take it you're a vet. Very powerful. Good luck with the contest. As far as I'm concerned you are a contender. Best regards, Howard
  1. Date: 7/26/2015 8:53:00 AM

    Oh Richard this brought a lump to my throat - superb take on the theme - good luck in the contest:-) Hugs jan xx 7