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The Lonely Soldier - for Remembrance Day even if late

He has no grave
In the fields he lies
Unburied, in the fury of battle
He leaves behind his love
A love letter in his breast pocket
All to be added to the dust
There is no cross to mark his passing
Only a memory to hold upon ones sadness
He is a lost soldier

A year has passed, his family mourns
His lover sits at the window waiting
A bullet kills you now
A wounded heart takes years to die
So quietly she both hopes and withers
A poppy in her hair, marks her despair

Armies march and armies fall
Battles won and lost as young men die
Endless is the death that pervades these lands
As the lonely soldier fades into history
His loved ones left to hold a ghostly flag

His lover never left her window
She never lost the hope within
Scared by the wounds of war she was
She carried on, yet her life was grim

Fifty years later, to this day
We all stop in silence to honor the past
A new building constructed far away
As they dug the soil that gave way
To a secret of the past
The lonely soldier but a skeleton
With a paper close to his heart

A love letter they did uncover
Postage due for sure
His tags and cross they enclosed
With words of love from long ago

So on a warm summer’s day, by her window
She saw the postman approach her house
With a faded parchment from the past
Words that would make her heart beat fast
Years upon years she had hoped
Now the answer was sadly clear
She whispered softly…
My lonely soldier died that day
His letter is now here to stay
To keep me warm until the end
Knowing his loved never waned…..

I love you dear
I hope you know
One day I will whisper this close
For now I fight to free the world
So that I may be with you
Remember me, if I should fall
That no matter where by bones may lay
My heart is with you always

Note: Late for Nov 11 as I had the flu, but better late than never

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013

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Date: 6/28/2014 10:01:00 AM
Thank you Arlene, makes me happy that people appreciate this one!!!!
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Date: 6/28/2014 8:04:00 AM
Arthur!.. This is such an amazing write. I chose to read this one from your list as the subject inspired my first poem. Enough can not be said for the fallen soldier and the loved ones left behind.. I love so much the story you have so eloquently told.. Hugs.. Arlene
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Date: 6/28/2014 10:03:00 AM
thank you Arlene, makes me happy that people appreciate this one!!!!
Date: 11/17/2013 5:53:00 PM
wow.... this is an amazing touching, so sad and so beautifully penned... hope you are feeling better... :)
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Date: 11/17/2013 5:57:00 PM
Thank you Sandra!
Date: 11/17/2013 4:49:00 PM
Know i am his not about you lol, but i did enjoy the write above sorry to hear about you having the flu, hope you feel better.
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Date: 11/16/2013 7:53:00 PM
Hey dude you owe me a cookie right lol let me know what you think of my newest postings and I'll call it even ok dearest new friend. cheri
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arthur vaso
Date: 11/16/2013 7:57:00 PM
Thanks, and don't worry, I have a box of them with your name on it!!