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Eyes of Blue

A people persecuted beyond imagination;
To help them he felt, was his obligation.
He joined the army in World War II;
Not knowing his hell would be Eyes of Blue.

When he reached Normandy, the beaches were red.
Crawling over his brothers who lay already dead.
To give this tyrant, this devil his due;
Not knowing his own demons, would be Eyes of Blue.

He rounded a building securing a town;
A young German soldier was just coming round.
He plunged his bayonet, the quicker of the two;
Killing the young soldier, with Eyes of Blue.

He knelt down beside him with tears in his eyes;
How long this moment would last, he did not realize.
He closed the eyes as he thought he should do;
Thinking never again to see those Eyes of Blue.

The victor over many in Germany and Japan;
It was always difficult taking life from a man.
None would haunt him, this he now knew;
As long as the soldier, with Eyes of Blue.

He died an old man, to heaven he went;
For this honorable soldier, mercy was sent.
First time since the war, so sad but true;
A peaceful sleep, not seeing Eyes of Blue.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 6/17/2017 11:00:00 PM
Hi Arlene...I was going to email you but it appears that you don't have email enabled. Anyway, I have started a new group on Facebook called "Poets for Peace" and I'd like to invite you to become a member. I read this great poem of yours and have published it there. However, if you wish I will take it down. At this time now one has seen it except the members because it hasn't been shared yet. Please email me and let me know if you'd like to become a member. We would love to have you.
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Date: 6/2/2015 8:20:00 AM
Hi Arlene, love to go to first poem posted on soup..wow you don't disappoint,, this is truly amazing,,and the amount of views deserved...
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Date: 5/26/2015 4:41:00 PM
Enjoyed Arlene. Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day filled with pride and togetherness. love ~SKAT!~
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Date: 7/28/2014 1:32:00 PM
Wow! No wonder so many views. Powerfully written and so much more because it's true. Bless'em all! Thank you for bringing this to us.
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Arlene Smith
Date: 7/28/2014 5:58:00 PM
Thank you so much, Steve, my dear friend.. A tribute to an Uncle of mine.. Hugs.. Arlene
Date: 6/30/2014 4:41:00 PM
Absolutely fantastic. It flowed with simplicity, this telling of 'Eyes of Blue' <*> When the right mindset arises, poetry relating to War is another of my joys. Please feel free to read them on my website www.thehighlanderspoems.com <*> I hope your won't be dissapointed. More of the same please, smiles, James :)
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Date: 6/30/2014 9:08:00 PM
Thank you so much, James. I will absolutely read from your website as soon as time allows. I know I wouldn't be dissapointed. you are a very talented poet. I just started this venture about a month ago.. hugs.. Arlene
Date: 6/30/2014 11:30:00 AM
Wow what an emotional poem! What a story, told so well, it was my pleasure to read this :)
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Date: 6/30/2014 12:44:00 PM
Thank you so much, Casara.. It is as my Uncle told me, I just set it to rhyme.. Hugs.. Arlene
Date: 6/26/2014 8:31:00 AM
This is a true gem. I will add it to my growing fav list... Thanks!!!!!
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Date: 6/26/2014 10:53:00 AM
Thank you so much, Robert my friend.. I always enjoying reading your encouraging words.. Hugs.. Arlene
Date: 6/19/2014 8:13:00 PM
Wow Arlene, love this heartfelt powerful write. You draw the reader in and make them feel. Excellent! A warm welcome to the soup and hope you continue sharing awesome poems with us all. Hugs
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Date: 6/19/2014 8:24:00 PM
Thank you, Cecilia. I am truly loving it here..mhugs. Arlene..
Date: 6/13/2014 8:43:00 AM
WoW!!! Looks like PS landed a real talent when you joined. I love this Rhyming Poem.... and welcome you to PS. I've not been very active lately due to health issues, but will reply to all comments on my posts......My first poem was "Catch a Star" and some of my personal favorites are "Ballad of Sammy Taylor" and "Songwriter's Sonnet.".... I hope you like them too.... Welcome, Poet........ Love ya....Jake
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Arlene Smith
Date: 6/14/2014 4:39:00 AM
Thank you so much for taking time to stop by, Jake, and for the generous comment. Hope your health keeps improving. I will read some of your writings as soon as time allows.. Hugs.. Arlene..
Date: 6/13/2014 5:39:00 AM
Hello again Arlene. You are a great story teller. If this is the first poem you ever wrote then you have a gift. It is such a pleasure to read this heartbreaking story about your uncle. So happy you came to Poetry Soup.... Robert.
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Date: 6/13/2014 6:18:00 AM
Thank you very much, Robert. Yes, it was my first. Never even read any other than nursery rhymes. Attempted one of Shakespeare's writings as a teen. Couldn't understand it.. I am enjoying this now tho.. Hugs.. Arlene..
Date: 6/7/2014 9:56:00 AM
oh my gosh, Just reading comments below and seeing this was your FIRST poem. MY first was in 2000 (well i had dabbled a bit since high school, but I just finally came out of my shell in my late 40's) If you are very young, you have a long and wonderful road ahead of you.
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Date: 6/7/2014 11:14:00 AM
Thank you, Andrea!.. Young at heart, I am 52... I will look up the form... Thank you aagain, friend... Arlene..
Date: 6/7/2014 9:54:00 AM
wow, what a unique way of discussing the guilt that comes to our brave soldiers through the horrors of war. This was sure standing out in a crowd in my opinion too, Arlene!! I really like how you did this poem and repeated the similar final lines. It is perhaps the modern version of a kyrielle poem. If you don't know that form, you can review it under Soup's definitions of Forms (top right) It was great to come here and see your very first post!
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Date: 5/22/2014 11:15:00 AM
Hello Arlene, Congratulations, on having your poem featured on the Poetry Soup's home page. Hope you are enjoying the exposure. Hugs & Love ~SKAT~
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Date: 5/22/2014 12:33:00 PM
Hello, SKAT. I am enjoying everything here at poetry soup. Thank you for welcoming me in.. Love to you... Arlene..
Date: 5/19/2014 1:17:00 PM
Arlene,, Stopping by with a nice, sweet Welcome to Poetry Soup. I will get much delight, in reading and in time become familiar with your verse. As for now, I will greet you with the same smile, others passed, when I first join the soup 4 years ago. I wish you the best when it comes to your compositions. I hope you get to meet all the nice poets around here. Starting with me. SKAT :-) Please drop a hello and tell me a little about yourself if you wish. I would like to be your newest poetry soup "FRIEND" Hugs* SKAT
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Date: 5/18/2014 11:44:00 PM
Very good. I've been to a lot of war cemeteries in Europe. You might like my pieces One Out Of Three, and Every Veteran Is A Casualty.
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Arlene Smith
Date: 5/19/2014 12:10:00 AM
Thank you, Mark. My first attempt at poetry. It was a story told to only me by my great uncle and I set it to rhyme... I will read the ones you suggested also.. Peace to you..
Date: 5/17/2014 9:25:00 PM
Hi Arlene, A nice warm WELCOME to poetry soup. I hope you enjoy the community, as I did when I first join, March 2010. You'll find many friendly poets, who are ready to support and give positive feedback. I want to be the first to invite you on over, to the contest page. I OFFER MY CONTEST, in hopes it inspires you to write another poem. I'm looking forward to following you and your poetry ha-ha a special pair:) here's the link to the contest page. http://www.poetrysoup.com/poetry_contests/ <---~Take Care!! From: your new poet friend @-> LINDA <-@
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Arlene Smith
Date: 5/17/2014 10:20:00 PM
Thank you so much for the warm welcome, Linda. I feel like a sponge, trying to obsorb so many of these beautiful poems. I have to admit I never was interested in poetry. It's like some enchanting new world I am just discovering.
Date: 5/17/2014 6:39:00 PM
Welcome to Poetry Soup, Arlene. Hope you find much support here. Comment on the poems of other members and they will return the favor. Best wishes.
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Date: 5/17/2014 10:10:00 PM
Thank you so much, Faye. I am still trying to find my around and read as many of these beautiful poems as I can.
Date: 5/17/2014 7:17:00 AM
- Warm welcome to PoetrySoup,Arlene :) - I choose your first very well written rhyme poem - Nice to meet you :) - Hope you will be satisfied with our "soup family" - we are many .. but has plenty of room for you too- PoetrySoup Rule1: Be kind and keep PoetrySoup a haven. PoetrySoup is a drama free zone(Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours.) Thank you posted your words and thoughts here, I want to come back to read more another day. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 5/17/2014 7:23:00 AM
Thank you so much! This was a story my uncle told only me. I had put the story on fb wed. That afternoon decided to try it in a poem. Never wrote a poem before.good feedback from another site. Decided at 52 might try it. So enjoying reading here...?