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Casings

Strewn throughout the battlefield
Are casings scattered ‘round.
Spent then to the weather sealed;
Slowly sink into the ground.

Once potent, bright and new
Now discarded, faded metal.
Then esteemed, fine soldiers drew
Until the bitter fight was settled.

How are these so soon forgotten?
Why is their service so ignored?
Through these, the war was fought;
Our nation’s freedom, the reward.

Consider casings and remember when
These were sacrificed; forgotten.
Do we thus regard our veterans,
Cast off, as misbegotten?

These too are lowered in the ground
The newness gone, the power spent.
Give these the highest honor found
For such deserve our reverence.


Copyright © Tom Valles

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