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she stood there in a daze by strangers surrounded they had given her the folded flag as the last post sounded keepsake of a warrior it had graced his casket top she held it scarce knowing as the bugle notes stopped in reality she stood alone for now every tear cried for the moment in a daze ashen faced and dry eyed the ceremony over they moved out of her life they had given precious time to a bereaved and grieving wife with the ceremony played out she was really due no more so they left her there in silence to carry on the planning of their war

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Date: 10/29/2022 2:14:00 AM
Suppose they gave a war, and nobody came? .............When will we learn that humans fighting humans, means nobody wins? ......... The irony your poem illuminates Terry is infuriating. They show respect and even maybe some sadness, then go back to making plans for more men to die. An amazing poem Terry. Its among the many of your best, and will be another favorite of mine.
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Wendy Horder
Date: 10/29/2022 4:24:00 AM
You have mentioned the VSC before. A wonderful organization Terry.
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Terry Ireland
Date: 10/29/2022 3:15:00 AM
Thanks Wendy. This came from the 7 years working with Hull Veterans Support Centre, a small charity formed, manned and run by unpaid Veterans. Some of the stories were horrendous and most of us were damaged in some way, but that helped us all.
Date: 10/28/2022 9:28:00 AM
So sad, Terry! Unfortunately, very realistic as well…
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Terry Ireland
Date: 10/29/2022 3:15:00 AM
Thank you Ilene