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Dear John

sometimes there is no escaping our fate

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Comment from Wils
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You can just imagine the celebration and jubilation that went on amidst all the sorrow.
Lest We Forget. A very heart moving poem in a lot of ways

Geoff

 Comment Written 06-Nov-2019


reply by the author on 06-Nov-2019
    Hi Wils,
    Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem. I cannot imagine the sorrow these people felt watching other's celebrate knowing their husbands were not coming home.
    Bless you for reading.
    Brenda.x
Comment from Willosa
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A lovely poem Brenda. Set in an era that I often choose for my own poetry. The rhyme and flow is easy to read and the story one that was experienced by so many. Mankind still hasn't learned from that war to end all wars, so sad that there are those like Sally today, those who still have to bear the sadness of losing a partner, someone who has made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for sharing.

 Comment Written 05-Nov-2019


reply by the author on 05-Nov-2019
    Hi Willosa,
    thank you so much for your thoughtful review. I do not think there will ever be a time when there isn't a war being fought somewhere in the world. So sad that we never learn from history.
    Thank you for reading and reviewing.
    Brenda.x
Comment from Willie P. Smith
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This is excellent and extremely sad. Sadly many of my Vietnam comrades thought they were going home only to
meet death at the very last minute. Very good work.

 Comment Written 05-Nov-2019


reply by the author on 05-Nov-2019
    Hi Willie,
    it is so sad to think that even today people are dying in wars all over the planet. War will never be the solution but the cause of yet more wars. the only thing we get from war is death and destruction.
    I am sorry to hear of your comrades. God bless them all. May he take care of those who came home but are scared by the trauma of war.
    Bless you for the wonderful six stars.
    Brenda.x
reply by Willie P. Smith on 05-Nov-2019
    I agree wholeheartedly. However the Holy Bible speaks of wars and rumors of wars until the end. We just have to hope we are in the right when we fight one.
Comment from djeckert
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This is a beautiful told story. It's tragic , yet a beautiful description of how we all lose, when it comes to war. It is so well done and deserving of a six...hopefully I have one to give. oh, I do....good. God surely blesses.

 Comment Written 05-Nov-2019


reply by the author on 05-Nov-2019
    Hi djeckert,
    Thank you so much for your kind review. War is always sad to write about. So many lives lost and families torn apart. Thank you for the wonderful six star I really appreciate them.
    Brenda.x
Comment from Louise Michelle
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OMG - I think it hurts more when we lose loved ones at the end of a war. You did a splendid job with this poem. The meter was smooth sailing, you held my interest from beginning to end. Well done. Hugs, Lou

 Comment Written 05-Nov-2019


reply by the author on 05-Nov-2019
    Hi Lou,
    I am so pleased you liked my poem. According to history, 2738 soldiers died on the last day. Bless you for taking the time to read and review.
    Brenda.x
Comment from Cindy Warren
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That's so sad. It's easy to imagine the loser wanting to get in one last shot. It's also easy to imagine the family of the victim and their suffering. I'm sure this has happened more than once.

 Comment Written 05-Nov-2019


reply by the author on 05-Nov-2019
    Hi Cindy,
    thank you for reading my poem. There were 2738 soldiers killed on the last day of war after the cease fire. Sadly the news was to late for them. Bless you for your kind review.
    Brenda.x
Comment from Susan Larson
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This actually brought tears to my eyes and it was about halfway through where you wrote "I think we're homeward bound." It's so sad to think how many millions of times this poem has played out over the millenniums. This is so well written. I hope you can get it published so more can read it.

 Comment Written 05-Nov-2019


reply by the author on 05-Nov-2019
    Hi Susan,
    What a lovely review you have given my poem. I'm sorry I made you cry. It was indeed a very sad time for so many mothers and wives. Another war that took so many lives, and sadly history keeps repeating itself.
    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing.
    Brenda.x
Comment from Aussie
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Brilliant rhythm with your story/poem. I was born in 1945. So I could relate to waiting for my dad to come home when peace was declared. Stout women those who waiting and watching the role call of those lost in foreign lands. Wonderful writing, congrats on All Time Best because you truly deserved it. ****** six virtual stars cause I don't have real ones for you.

 Comment Written 05-Nov-2019


reply by the author on 05-Nov-2019
    Hi Aussie,
    thank you for reading my poem. I do not know what it is like having to wait for someone returning from war. It must be awful for those who do not know if they will ever see the husbands again.
    Bless you for the virtual six, your review means so much more.
    Bless you for reviewing.
    Brenda.x
Comment from Dolly'sPoems
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There's so much sadness in these words Brenda and your short lines make us sit up and take notice of this tragic situation. I have never lived through a war and I have been one of the lucky ones. But I am well aware of the devastation and grief war causes. Your rhymes are spot on and the flow here is superb, you stole one of my sixes, love Dolly x

 Comment Written 05-Nov-2019


reply by the author on 05-Nov-2019
    Hi dolly,
    Thank you for reading my poem. I think that is only thing to gain from war, sadness and grief. I have never lived through a war either but have lot uncles and grandfathers because of one. Bless you for the wonderful review and for letting me steal your six stars.
    Brenda.x
Comment from CrystieCookie999
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I think this is a particularly poignant poem. It ought to be read by every politician before they even speak of starting another war. Fifty years is a long time to go without a husband. I know my grandma was a widow for 35 years, but my grandpa died a different way. There were great-uncles who did not come home from World War II, though. Strong lines here: at the door a messenger
will shatter Sally's dream.
Just a tiny fix:
The telegram held in her hand,
She hangs her head to cry.
I would un-capitalize 'she' there. That's all!

 Comment Written 05-Nov-2019


reply by the author on 05-Nov-2019
    Hi Crystie,
    what a lovely review. It is such a shame that many women never married again. I suppose not being able to say goodbye or lay them to rest must seem like they are still there for some of them.
    Thank you for reading and that tiny tip, I will fix that now.
    Bless you.
    Brenda.x