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posted 12-31-1999 03:59 PM     Profile for MajorLee   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
His steps were slow and measured, like the time that he has lived through.
He made his way towards the door; I would wait for him....
As he waited for his Country's call, nearly six decades ago.
As he reached for the door, I saw an age spotted hand;
Did his fingers turn a wrench? Or did they squeeze a trigger?
Did that hand carry a litter with the wounded?
Or did it hold a stick that guided a plane over unfriendly skies?
Did that arm that carried his shopping bags now, throw a grenade?
Or did that arm pull him out of a muddy hole on a soggy battlefield?
His shoulders were hunched, and a little stooped.
Was that simply the effect of age?
Or did his shoulders round under the weight of a heavy pack?
I reached for the door to hold it open for him;
Our eyes met. I saw a crispness that belied his age.
His razors edge had not left him.
Did that sharp eye aim a rifle many years ago?
Or maybe they peered through a periscope, or a gunsight on a plane....
"Happy New Year" I said.
"Thank you, young man. Many more to you" he said.
"Thank you sir, I will have a good year, and many more,
Because of all that you have done me....."

Major Lee

[This message has been edited by MajorLee (edited 12-31-1999).]

Posts: 1374 | From: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA | Registered: Sep 1999  |  IP: Logged
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posted 12-31-1999 05:07 PM     Profile for mane_raptor   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Thank you Major Lee, you just made my day.

I will be printing this out and posting it on my office wall.

Happy and joyous New Year to you, Sir!!!

Check six & aim for the cockpit.

Posts: 6145 | From: Maine USA, Proud Member of ELF (EAW Liberation Front) | Registered: Nov 1999  |  IP: Logged

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