Poem a friend and veteran shared with me...

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    Winter11
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    (7/13/01 11:28:53 am)
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    I Felt I'd Died
    by Gary Jacobson

    Above a battlefield far away,
    My mind in black unconscious lay.
    Tethered by a silver thread in heavens sky,
    Hovering in God's palm, twixt heaven and earth am I.

    Wound in a park swing then let go,
    With no more hate to seek my country's foe.
    Left behind, heart and breath careening,
    No longer man but only being.

    An exploding mortar spun to death and fate,
    Raised me to the door of heavens gate.
    Spinning on a tenuous strand of life bereft,
    I’m blind to "the world" I hadn't yet left.

    Hanging dangling on a silver thread,
    No longer alive -- but neither dead,
    Buoyed above the belligerent crowd,
    Bobbing like a cork with the sky my shroud.

    Floating unfettered without rhyme or reason,
    Above the earth in a peaceful season,
    Drifting on currents of sweet oblivion beatified,
    Heedless of nirvana's nothingness tide.

    No longer am I a soldier sustaining oppression,
    War weapons wielding powerful fists of suppression.
    No more to remember man's "inhumanity to man" war,
    That pitiless beast of blood, guts, and gore.

    Till a voice groaning below yanked me back,
    From purest light to the war wolves pack,
    To tired soldier faces with camouflage painted,
    To hot sweaty soldiers with Nam's blood tainted.

    Who's that groaning below? Who can it be?
    Suddenly imposed on my senses I see...It's me!
    Suddenly aware it's me down there sighing,
    At the base of the silver tether, It's me down there dying.

    From the valley of the shadow, to war's glory unfurled,
    Platoon medic Bryant talked me back to "the world."
    Pulled back from the bright tunnel of light,
    Now returned to fight the good fight.

    LarryJK
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    (7/13/01 5:57:35 pm)
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    Gary Jacobson was with us on the old MSNBC BB for a while last year. He shared some of his poems then.

    Edited by: LarryJK at: 7/13/01 7:00:00 pm

    homer4
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    (7/15/01 10:39:19 am)
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    Terrific stuff there! Anyway to get him here Larry? I like these fellas that write so well...have several fine ones here already...

    ...nary a one of em much to look at...true paper bag material for sure!... but they sure can write. Would love to have him here as well. That old Board must of been great fun seeings how part of the same crowd is here.






    "Hope someone can get him here...runnin low of paper bags tho" , he remarks
    ...and two hard boiled eggs.

    LarryJK
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    (7/15/01 12:56:33 pm)
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    Homer...not sure about that. He has his own website on the angelfire network...or did have when he was on the old BB.

    homer4
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    (7/15/01 3:21:39 pm)
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    I see...shame!...man he can write. Has the Screen Writers Guildguild went on strike...or a slowdown in the industy?

    Lots of writers about these days or JD parked our bus next to the college library. Hehe! All welcomed here...have lots of work for em...the pay ain't much but alot of kudo's from the audience.

    Thanks Lar.
    ...and two hard boiled eggs.

    TShooters
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    (7/16/01 11:39:31 pm)
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    Thanks, Winter.

    Sharon
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