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The Old Salt

The Old Salt was a special man who came along in a time
when he was needed most.

A time that is now gone forever.
When men believed and sacrificed, when hero’s walked the earth in mass.

When patriotism was not just a word
by what men lived and judged the worth of each, 
a man who lived a life most of us cannot comprehend. 

An era now gone as this warriors tour of duty ends at this station, 
and begins anew in the heavenly fleet. 

Sail on Sailor into your unaccompanied tour,
we salute you.

What greater honor, that when a man moves forward, 
he leaves behind in each of us the best of what he was. 

A defender, protector, supporter, victor, a warrior, 
the last of the breed from an era when ships were made of wood
and men were made of steel.

The Old Salt has reported for duty that takes him away from us for now. 

Those of us who remain behind,
remember, and will continue to remember, 
because he now resides forever in our hearts.

As I look up at night, I envision The Old Salt,
a beret draped just above the eye, 
as he draws upon his pipe, 
quietly he waits.
The guardian of heaven’s gate.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 12/25/2010 2:43:00 PM
Congratulations on your featured poetry this week Mac. Love, Carol
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Date: 12/20/2010 3:52:00 AM
Mac being ex Navy myself I can relate to this fine write well done
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Date: 12/19/2010 5:28:00 PM
Congratulations on your poem being featured this week..Sara
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Date: 12/19/2010 5:01:00 PM
Congrats Mac on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a wonderful one to share with us all today with luv my friend.. wishing u the happiest holidays and richest blessings ..from us.. to u and yours ..hoping u will return to us soon...luv..
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Date: 5/21/2010 4:09:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in Brian's contest"Thicker Than Water" Mac. Love,Carol
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Date: 5/20/2010 7:59:00 AM
Congrats Mac on your HM in Brian's contest with this amazing write... enjoy your special honor for a special poem.. with luv. ...from the "Sweetheart"
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Date: 5/13/2010 12:57:00 AM
Thank you for supporting my contest Mac.Rgds Brian
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Date: 1/26/2010 6:49:00 PM
That old salt was once a starry eyed seaman with dreams of his own. Vince
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