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A veteran that lived and died as a hero
An Honorable Man and A Friend by Robert Zimmerman
    REMEMBERING VETERANS (free verse) Contest Winner 

the last time we met, we hugged
combat had taken a toll on him
he was a real man
I called him Charlie
 
an Army Ranger in Vietnam
he was a hero
three purple Hearts accompanied by two bronze stars
emblazoned his dress uniform
 
survival of enemy fire earned him purple hearts
courage assured the bronze stars
the love of America motivated him
the love of life inspired him
his love of God assured him
 
with wife and family life was a joy
one day he fell ill
with sadness the diagnosis was hard
optimism still ruled his heart and mind
 
the doctors were called as the tumors grew
agent orange was fifty years past
it was the invisible enemy that ambushed him
the battle raged for five years
his brain filled with tumors
 
one afternoon Charlie had a last meeting at the VA
the doctors there wanted to treat aggressively
he surrendered and went home with his family
Vietnam finally killed Charlie fifty years later
 
Charlie is at peace
the world is still at war

 


Writing Prompt
REMEMBERING VETERANS (free verse)

RULES:

1. FREE VERSE POEM--no end line rhyming patterns (other rhyming acceptable)
2. DISPLAY--1 font color AND 1 background color
3. TITLE--MAY be included with body of poem and/or included above poem with dedication
4. DEDICATION--MAY be included with body of poem and dedication MAY be included above text of poem
5. NO animation, videos, music, graphics
6. AUTHOR NOTES acceptable
7 PICTURE--1 picture above poem, if desired--no words included in, on, near picture--(author's choice IF picture is desired)
8. FONT style--select from Advanced Editor ONLY
9. SUBJECT--Veterans/Past and/or Present (TRUE--NO FICTION)
10. AUTHOR NAME WILL BE DISPLAYED
11. AT LEAST 5 submissions received to commence voting
REMEMBERING VETERANS (free verse)
Contest Winner

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Author Notes
Only proper nouns are capitalized

     

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