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Soldier On

by maryanns

All of my compassion is not enough,
my heart and my soul break for you.
Time can not heal your wound.
Nothing can ever change
what has been done.

I understand this, yet I cannot accept
the consequences of your sacrifice.
Your life has been shattered.
Every moment of living
altered beyond belief.

No one can ever feel or comprehend
this truly unless they experience it.
Every single waking moment
will always be different,
forever without relief.

I ask why? … Because they lied.

I will never forgive those responsible.
I will never accept this was inevitable.

I see your courage. I honor your name.
Your life has not been lived in vain.

I must believe your soul will heal.






This is dedicated to each and every disabled Iraq War Veteran.
I wrote this for my friend, US Army Specialist Tomas Young
who was wounded in Sadr City, Iraq on April 4, 2004.





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G'day Mary Ann... D (Score: 1 )
by liarbird on Thursday, August 21, 2008 (19:29:24)
G'day Mary Ann...
Don't hold your fire against the criminals Mary Ann.
I heard on radio this morning your rep. candidate can't remember how many houses he owns...I'll bet he can't remember how many lives he's ruined either.
Well done.

Lindsay

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    G'day Mary Ann... D (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Thursday, August 21, 2008 (22:03:18)
    Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Lindsay. Spoke with Tomas yesterday, very focused on his rehab, speech much improved. I won't ever stop writing and speaking out. Kind regards, Mary Ann

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There is a greater j (Score: 1 )
by Lou on Friday, August 22, 2008 (06:21:17)
There is a greater justice than this on earth.
When all men will kneel before God.
For past deeds good and evil.
God bless all those that fell following the banner of greed.
When they truly believed they followed the banner of freedom and justice. Excellent write Mary Ann. Cheers Lou

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    There is a greater j (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, August 22, 2008 (10:40:35)
    Thank you so much Lou. Your kind words mean ever so much to me. I wish all our sentiments could penetrate the gates of power, make the carnage stop for all soldiers and the Iraqi people.
    Peace, Mary Ann

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Nice Stuff! When the (Score: 1 )
by FireFly747 on Friday, August 22, 2008 (12:58:42)
Nice Stuff! When these young soldiers fight, they put the taste of freedom in our mouths.

A superbly written poem with compassion and humanity.

Poem gives thanks to those willing to sacrifice, for a greater cause.

Indeed, your thoughts rings loud, across America!

Keep telling the truth.

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    Nice Stuff! When the (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, August 22, 2008 (13:16:11)
    Oh thank you so much Firefly. May this tragedy open America's eyes and heart. These are our people who have paid the price, learn from them. Peace brother, Mary Ann

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this is a stunning p (Score: 1 )
by questionajourney on Friday, August 22, 2008 (16:41:53)
this is a stunning piece Mary Ann..the conviction and questioning mesh perfectly:)q

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    this is a stunning p (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, August 22, 2008 (18:51:54)
    Thank you Q, I so appreciate your wonderful comments. I get to visit Tomas in the hospital Sept 1st, I'm looking forward to that. Fond regards, Mary Ann

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Very good indeed Mar (Score: 1 )
by badmalthus on Saturday, August 23, 2008 (03:35:44)
Very good indeed Mary Ann......soldiers do what soldiers do......it's the a'holes above them that are the problem.
Cheers......Harry

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    Very good indeed Mar (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Saturday, August 23, 2008 (11:34:19)
    Thank you so much, Harry. There is an effective GI resistance movement here, many are in Canada seeking asylum. Activists hope the soldiers themselves will say no. Thanks again, Mary Ann

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All those who fought (Score: 1 )
by Nolip on Sunday, August 24, 2008 (09:17:46)
All those who fought bravely return with scars, if not physical, mental and carry that pain the rest of their lives for they've witnessed horrific events not revealed to us in the states (due to the distillation of information from the war in Iraq by the news media per government interdict)...their lives forever changed...their courage - never.

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    All those who fought (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Sunday, August 24, 2008 (10:48:36)
    Thank you for your wonderful sentiments and comments, John. So many people caught up in this, young and old. So many lives changed forever. We should all feel it, eh? Very sincere thanks, Mary Ann

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Wonderful sentiment (Score: 1 )
by Melly on Monday, August 25, 2008 (19:52:05)
Wonderful sentiment Maryann and bless you as I know this is a great friend of yours. I also have lost loved ones to war and you have spoken my sentiments well. Thank you. Your friend Melly

P.S. the lord has a very special place reserved for our heros

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    Wonderful sentiment (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, August 25, 2008 (22:40:17)
    Oh thanks so much Melly. I am so glad to see you back at home and here on GP. You were truly missed and I was thinking of you and your family. Take care, Mary Ann

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resistance to unjust (Score: 1 )
by omegapaf on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 (18:55:13)
resistance to unjust, and illegal wars, seems to have dried up in england mary ann. i believe england has been involved in more wars than any other country. so people just accept that being at war is a natural condition. we need more mary anns in this country, and less gordon browns. good luck to tomas, and all the other tomas's in the world my big hearted friend - peace to the world - paul.

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    resistance to unjust (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 (20:38:30)
    Thanks so much for your sentiments, Paul. So right on. I'll catch up with you in a week.... Take good care of fuzzy ears and you, ok? Best wishes, Mary Ann

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