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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Postby Robert Lee Brewer » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:17 pm

Here is the thread for Day 11 of the 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge.

Enjoy!

Robert

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Postby briarcat » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:16 am

when he told me about the war
my father only said
it was bad that day
but I got through it.
said just the same
first day to the end
it was bad that day
but I got through it.
when he told me about the war
my father didn't say
how bad, bad was, or the way
coming back home
can feel like where a
leg should be

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Postby laviguerjw » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:45 am

Robert can you please clear me for posting? Name change from JWLaviguer to JW Laviguer now all my comments are awaiting moderation. Thank you.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Postby jackbugs » Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:48 pm

This posting problem is quite annoying.

Phantom

I have come back from a dry, rocky hell
feeling hollow, needing to be filled again.
I hold my family close. My dog licks my face,

and I take him with me to the woods,
down to the brook, where he chases squirrels,
while I sit on a stump and listen
to the birds, the gurgling water.

It all seems new again.

Moments like this, I am at peace,
and I feel safe within the walls of home,
although it's never far behind me,
that other fear, the bloody phantom
that comes leaping at me in my dreams.


[Once again I used the "Wordle" word bank from The Sunday Whirl blog in conjunction with this prompt. The words were dry, rocky, hollow, wood, brook, birds, new, walls, although, never, phantom, leaping.]
Bruce Niedt

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Postby mapoet » Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:01 pm

The Lottery

I didn’t choose to play,
but I was in the lottery anyway.
My friends and I waited as
birthdates were drawn
and assigned numbers
that determined the order of call.
When the drawing was done,
some knew they would stay home
and some knew they were headed for Vietnam.
Others, like me, still weren’t sure.
If I’d only been born a few hours
sooner, I would have been home free.
That was not to be.
Should I wait and see and maybe end
up in the infantry?
Should I enlist in the branch I wished?
In the end, I chose to serve in the navy.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Postby Nancy Posey » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:49 pm

Coming Home from ‘Nam

Over there we were boys playing men,
trying not to lose ourselves before
we ever found ourselves, shipped out
to this land of jungles, mountains,
choppers to a Rolling Stones soundtrack
instead of Glenn Miller, “Over There.”

With no control over going home alive
or broken to pieces, I focused inward,
trying not to get lost in the purple haze
or agent orange. Living for mail call,
I must admit I laughed—a bitter laugh,
sure—when I read what she wrote:
I think we need to see other people.

What other people? Everywhere, I saw
people—the enemies and allies all looked
alike to me; these buddies I depended on,
who daily trusted me with their lives
would forget me the minute I shipped
home—dead or alive. I waited her out.

And when my time came, I sent word
when I’ve be arriving stateside, praying
she’d be in the backseat of Daddy’s car,
letting Mama sit up front. But nobody
met me when I walked off the plane,
and a collect call confirm the mix-up—
the time change, Daddy kept repeating
into the phone, Mama wailing behind him.

So I sat there on a bench outside the airport,
duffle bag at my feet, staring at the clock,
too far past self-pity to play that game,
making bets when they’d arrive and if
she’d be there with them. And she was.
Reader, I married her.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Postby hopefuljo » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:42 am

I combined the PAD Challenge with the wordle at The Sunday Whirl and got something I think you might like. http://hopefuljo.wordpress.com/2012/11/ ... t-day-307/ I just could not get it to post on the blog. Will try again, but wanted the link here.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Postby tunesmiff » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:18 pm

HEAR MY VOICE
(c) 2012 - G. Smith

I shipped out at eighteen,
To some place far away,
Greeted in a foreign land,
On a day much like today,
By unending hours of boredom,
Unending seconds of fear,
Unending bonds of friendship,
And that's what brought me here.

I'm a veteran, not a victim;
It wasn't chance, it was my choice
I'm a veteran, not a victim,
Ignore my medals, hear my voice.

I stayed on at twenty-four,
With new stripes on my sleeve;
Spent a little time at home,
Before I had to leave.
Back again to where I'd been,
You do what you do best,
Some R-and-R now and again,
To get a little rest.

I'm a veteran, not a victim,
It wasn't chance, it was my choice.
I'm a veteran, not a victim;
Ignore my medals, hear my voice.

I'm proud of the service I've given;
It's been a good life and more than a living.

I'm a veteran, not a victim;
It wasn't chance, it was my choice.
I'm a veteran, not a victim;
Ignore my medals, hear my voice.
Ignore the scars.
Hear my voice.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Postby redhedlor » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:39 pm

Veteran Poem-Day 11-November 2012 PAD Challenge-by Lauren Dixon

Semper Fidelis


For some reason now,
this anti-war aging hippie
has a soft spot for all
the boys in uniform.
It’s not their fault the world
is full of contention,
They signed up to go.
They signed up to protect.
They signed up sometimes
because they didn’t know how
to do anything else, but they
signed on that dotted line.
They are so young, regimented,
diligent, polite, with their
“yes, ma’am’s,” and “no, sirs.”
My throat gets tight, and
Tears gather when their
Khaki clothes walk by.
How do you thank someone
who would die for you?
who would be injured for you?
There are no words invented
yet to do so. The words
“thank you” will have to suffice.
Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
Thank you for my lifestyle,
and my country’s safety.
The words “thank you”
are inadequate at best, but,
until we invent words to
better describe our gratitude,
they’ll have to do.

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Re: 2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11

Postby TheBatInTheHat » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:36 am

Twitter-sized, as usual.

Weathered hands tremble
as they reverently stroke
the blood-stained fabric of a flag
before setting it ablaze.

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