Veteran’s Day 2015

Thank You, My Veteran

I know you were scared

But you would not let it show.

Far from home and comfort

Marching to and fro.

Feeling like no one cared a bit,

That your chances here were slim

Holding on to God’s own hand

Ev’n when you could not feel Him.

Prayers from home surrounded you

Each day, each night, each hour

Prayers from home sent lovingly

Answered by God’s power.

On the worst days, things were really bad

On the good days they were worse

You went to war a little boy

Now a man who loves to curse!

Injuries no one can see

That only you can feel

Memories that haunt your dreams

Heart made out of steel.

Your gentle touch and soft low voice

Hide power and great hurt

You faced the dragons of the war

Came back to kick the dirt.

We waited for you desperately

We held our breath and prayed

We longed to see your smile again

While on our knees we stayed.

Time of service never ends

Your mind plays tricks of fate

The years of change keep coming on

Yet still you bear a heavy weight.

The stories you couldn’t tell us once

Now come up with a smirk

A man you are, beyond your years

Where once a boy did lurk.

Thank you, for the weight you’ve carried, sir

Though these words may make you nervous

Thank you is never enough, but still –

We thank you for your service.

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Do Not Take Your Life

Do not take your life!

Lay your weapon to the floor.

Better days lie just ahead;

Help is knocking at your door.

You cannot see but darkness

Through the fog of pain you know

But hope and help waits ‘oer the ridge

You CAN defeat this foe!

Do not take your life

Because you want the pain to end

Or the pain will never stop

For your family and your friends.

It ricochets like bullets

To wound the hearts of others

For you are loved and cherished

By your family and brothers

Take a breath and step back

Pick up the phone and call

We will run to walk beside you

We will not let you fall!

We know you feel abandoned,

We know you are in pain;

We want to lend assistance

For a better life to gain.

There is hope within your reaching,

There are ways to overcome;

With God and friends and family

This war still can be won!

You may not see an ending;

The enemy closes in ~

Do not let it take you,

No! DO NOT let it win!

Do not take your life, dear one,

Lay your weapon to the floor.

Better days DO lie ahead!

Help is waiting at your door.

©Carol Bartlett Channer, October 2014