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A Dance of White-Gloved Hands

Folding Old Glory at a new grave; PLUS, The Tragedy in Texas

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
November 6, 2009

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A Dance of White-Gloved Hands

A Dance of White-Gloved Hands
Folding Old Glory at a new grave

They fold the flag and with each fold
we realize what we've been told
(about those men who gave their all)
is absolutely true.

As silently they crease the cloth,
we realize there is no froth
in Freedom's stein as Liberty
makes toasts to those who served.

That triangle with each fold grows
more thick as we recall the foes
that robbed young soldiers of their dreams
of coming home again.

A slow motion dance of white-gloved hands
that pictures what few understand.
That freedom is not ever free.
That heroes are not born.

One last salute to one now dead,
who rests within an earthen bed
aware of Taps, but even more
awaiting Reveille.

The First Anniversary of a Veteran's Passing
Second thoughts on my father's death

A year ago this very week
I heard my dying father speak
three little words I long to hear.
He whispered, "I love you."

I think about that final year
as that last day was drawing near
and how my dad reminded me
how rich his life had been.

A faithful wife, two loving sons
a rental business that he'd run,
extended family who believed
he was a royal prince.

This veteran of the Second War
recounted South Pacific horror
as conflicts paved the way for peace
and his long trip back home.

My mind rehearses what I saw
as Dad would shuffle down the hall
to find his favorite easy chair
and spend some time with God.
That proud Marine resisted aid.
His do-it-by-himself parade
would prove to me (and to himself)
that he still had some fight.
But at the end he was so weak,
he found it hard to even speak.
Yet softly he bequeathed me hope
and faith to carry on.

A Tragedy in Texas
Poetic reflections on the massacre at Fort Hood

When we're ambushed and blindsided
by a foe disguised as friend,
we're as helpless as a child
or a leaf blown by the wind.

At such times we're thrown off-balance
as we try to understand
Evil's modus operandi
here and in Afghanistan.

Life is fragile and ironic.
War survivors die at home.
And as questions beg for answers,
we must turn to God alone.

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Brooks Gardner from Mebane, NC writes:
November 6, 2009
What a beautiful, heart-felt rememberance! Locally a group of WWII veterans took a bus trip to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial. While reading the newspaper article about this adventure, I was reminded of how quickly we are loosing this cherished group of heroes. Greg tells us of just one of these.

Thanks to the veterans of all our Wars. I am sure that God gives them a special place in heaven as He calls them home.

Art Speakman from Glen Ellyn, IL writes:
November 13, 2009
Life is not fair

Life is not fair -
If I dare -
Things just happen some would say-
But we will understand it all on that judgment day-
Why did we suffer?
Why seemingly no buffer?
What is the meaning ?
What should we be gleaning?
Remember God is in control!
We don't choose our role -
All is planned by him each day-
I know it’s hard to swallow this way -
Troubles come and troubles go -
He is the one we should get to know -
So we can survive it all -
So we can answer his call-
So one day we can hear well done-
I know it wasn't fun -
But my work got done -
Paul just said to rejoice -
As if it was Gods voice -
How we respond to life's problems is a choice-
Life is not fair -
But God has a plan and he does care!
We get to choose-
If it is salvation that we lose-
Life is not fair-

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