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This poem is about having to be the bearer of bad news to a military family. I was inspired to write this because of the friends and family that I have lost to the defense of this great country. I tried to write this from the bearers' standpoint because I wanted everyone to see that they share in the sadness of a compatriot.

Standing At The Door

Standing at the door,
dog tags in hand.
About to tell
a loved one about
their loss.

Thinking of how
it could have been me.
Wondering how they
will react.

Reaching up
with heavy hand,
I knock on the door.

Waiting nervously,
I prepare myself
for what's to come.

Wishing anxiously
someone else had come.
Wanting desperately
not to have to
deliver such news.

He gave his life
for this country
that he loved.

Dying so suddenly
without warning.
He never got to say
"Goodbye, my love."

Sadly thinking
how to treat
the wounds
I'm sure to inflict.

Praying for peace
and getting only
a saddened heart.

The only tribute
I can give
is this poem.

His memory
will never fade
from my mind.

His lust
for life
never replaced.

His joy
in his family
and his friends,
never forgotten.

He will
live on
'till the end of time.

He is
one of us,
the unforgotten vet.
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13 Visitor Comments

this poem was very moving and i can say is that i can relate. :)
great poem keep up the ggod work
This poem has indeed touched my heart and i started realising how important is the presence of other people in my life. Iam preparing myself to enjoy and celebrate with those people around me before God couuld takr them.
This poem is so touching. I just returned from a parade honoring our vets in the Inland Empire (Riverside, Ca. ) and the last entry was a salute to the fallen soldier who gave his all. This poem would have been so appropriate for this parade.
This poem is very clear. It reminds me of the day I awaited my husbands arrival n then came the day a car pulled up to my door and the man was not my husband. There he stood with my husband's wedding ring and his dogtags in his hands.
This Poem is really touching. I am a Grade 11 Student who is doing a English course now about society and the way(s) it affects myself. This Poem catched my eye as soon as i saw the name. It's a great poem and I loved it.
it hit home and touched my heart im very pleased
What a lovely touching poem!
Thank you that was A good poem it realy hit home, loved it.
man this poem was exellent it even brought a tear to my eye.
I like this poem.
this poem hit home to me when i was in the eighth grade i was at a friends house for lunch break when the marine came to the door to tell them that their son, brother,had been killed in vietnam i later joined the marine corps because of the way that situation was handled. that moment took more courage from that marine than any combat could have . of course he was a brother marine.
great tribute to a true american theme the vets of this great country

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