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I Lay Waiting

Row after row they all look the same
Fading white marble with name after name
Grass growing slowly, groomed by the week
Occasional strangers; other names that they seek
Lying in wait, no one seeks my stone
No tears shed for me as I lay alone

Alone with thousands of souls just like me
Thousands who fell for the land of the free
A land that I love, and gave all to defend
And now I lay waiting for a loved one or friend
Loved ones or friends that so rarely stop by
Forgotten I lay here not understanding why

I sacrificed it all to keep freedom alive
My spirit cries out with a plea to survive
At least in the memories of those left behind
While I lay here waiting, entombed, confined
Unable to do much more than reminisce
About family and friends and everything that I miss

My memory is sharp; my whole life I recall
From the day I was born ‘til the day I gave all
Thoughts run willy-nilly always through my head
My body is wasting, though my mind is not dead
But now I am saddened as I lay here alone
Waiting for anyone to stop at my stone

Earl Parsons
Copyright © Earl Parsons 2012

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 4/12/2015 3:06:00 PM
Great poem! I love the rhymes most of all, But the meaning is beautiful, Very dark and catchy, try reading some of mine? :)
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