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In A Gentle Way You Can Shake The World

When they draped the flag on your coffin mate 
I was dumb, dead with it-
they ought to at least give you one last chance 
to dance the dance of life-

you were the grass growing and the earth 
firm beneath our feet,
you were the cotton on our backs the day 
we sweated for glory on the pitch man!
The ball sailed right through every eye in the stadium 
shot like a bolt straight into your hands, 
feet that float and fly away, man what a sight!

You were there the day we found the champagne 
in Searge's knapsack, we were soused, 
so soused we just made it to parade with the west wind in our eyes 
pulling the tears onto our faces, the day we went away-

the day we went to the desert
the day they took us in the Humvee
the day the Humvee bucked high like a grasshopper 
leapin’ straight up
straight up-
the day we looked and you were a man with two arms and 
we cried to see the legs gone, the legs you sent 
like two pistons of dynamite
across the pitch like a piece of high-octane rocket-maniac
after that beaut of a ball,

the day we swore we'd come and  drink your health, 
stack the cans out back the way we used to
and shoot the breeze, bring it all on, let it all out-
we cried, Paul and Johnny- you remember?

Don't know if we cried 
the day Crazy Connie died-

So it all comes down
to a flag here on the coffin and the guns 
that they shoot to salute when you leave-

Donnie you were gentle and you shook our world.

Copyright © Rod Scott | Year Posted 2014


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  1. Date: 1/31/2016 6:45:00 PM

    Rod, A great pleasure to find and read your poem today. Love -- SKAT --
  1. Date: 10/31/2014 11:26:00 PM

    Hi Rod, Powerful, introspective write! Poetry Soup is a great place to display your creative, artist works. It's also an ideal place to meet and be shaped by other poets. Comment on their works and they will comment on yours. Give the contest a try as well. I look forward to reading more good writes like this one.. Come check me out!
  1. Date: 10/31/2014 2:40:00 PM

    - Warm welcome to PoetrySoup, Rod - I choose your first very lovely written free verse - I like it a lot !! - Nice to meet you! - Hope you will be satisfied with our "soup family" - we are many .. but has plenty of room for you too- Be kind and keep PoetrySoup as a haven -(Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours.) Thank you for posted your words and thoughts here, I want to come back to read more another day. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 10/26/2014 7:27:00 PM

    Powerful poem Rod, I am awed. So sorry this goes on and on and on.

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