Get Your Premium Membership

Music To My Ears

This morning I stumbled out of bed and stood at rigid attention! (I thought I'd had a nightmare and had lost my military pension!) A familiar strain wafted across the valley and swirled about my ears. 'Twas the "Reveille" bugle call, a sound I hadn't heard in years! The sound came from nearby Fort Carson since the wind was just so. (I recalled my warrior days rising at dawn to earn my meager dough!) I pictured in my mind the bewilderment of the young and raw recruits, Cussing the bugler, gathering up their gear and pulling on their boots! At noon the bugle called, "Come and get your chow, boys! Come and get your chow!" (My grub was slopped on a battered steel tray - troopers dine off china now!) That's just the way it was - I'm happy for them tho' - they deserve the best! For their devotion to duty and firm resolve, we are truly blessed! At five o'clock, the bugler sounded "Retreat" to end another day. The garrison flag was slowly lowered, folded and stowed away. The cannon boomed - its thundering boom reverberated about the post. Every soldier stood proud and tall and saluted the flag, totally engrossed! The haunting notes of "Taps" sound at ten o'clock then fade away and die, As sleeping soldiers are assured, "All is well, safely rest, God is nigh." How I relish the dulcet bugle calls echoing from across the way; I wouldn't object if the wind would blow my way each and every day! Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired (©All Rights Reserved)

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010




Post Comments

Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth so only provide specific positive comments that indicate what you appreciate about the poem.

Please Login to post a comment

Date: 6/4/2010 2:02:00 AM
Sounds like you sort of miss those days. This was nice to read and an insight how the bugle is in fact revered by the men....well written Rob...Margaret
Login to Reply
Date: 6/2/2010 3:13:00 PM
Haunting sound the bugle makes when playing Taps. Not surprised it surfaced in your dreams. And knowing if your military contributions, you will probably hear this tune many times in your dreams. But you best not lose that miitary pension -- you EARNED it! Great poem! Love, Carolyn
Login to Reply
Date: 6/2/2010 1:31:00 PM
I enjoyed this beautiful poem.Celene.
Login to Reply
Date: 6/2/2010 12:33:00 PM
Well u brought alive in poetry the scene my Eric E. must be seeing each morning in Iraq.. so vivid Bob u amaze me constantly with your great lines.. of rhyme.. so enjoyed this delightful memorable poem.. with luv from the "Sweetheart"
Login to Reply
Date: 6/2/2010 12:12:00 PM
I have enjoyed reading your poetry today Robert. Hope you have a wonderful day filled with inspiration. Love,Carol
Login to Reply
Date: 6/2/2010 12:06:00 PM
Nicely done, Sarge. Very descriptive. Have a good one, Ralph.
Login to Reply
Date: 6/2/2010 7:40:00 AM
Enjoyed the feeling of your poem. An interesting insight into the day of the armed forces
Login to Reply
Date: 6/1/2010 9:58:00 PM
Thanks for this wonderful memories on the memorial day, Bob
Login to Reply
Date: 6/1/2010 4:45:00 PM
memorial day special thoughts to a servant of our great country!! Thanks for sharing your writes with us!!
Login to Reply