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The Salute
CaseyPowers

The soldier sweats one lonely river
 1
 
 
From the corner of his eye
 2
 
 
While a tributary drop forms
 3
 
 
Rains of pain
 4
 
 
For his wounded comrade
 5
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nostrils flare
 6
 
 
Inhaling Injury he bears
 7
 
 
His own hurt and friend’s agony
 8
 
 
Wondering how it could be
 9
 
 
 
 
 
 
Not knowing what to do
 10
 
 
He salutes
 11
 
 
Tattered red, white, and navy blue
 12
 
 
Still flying high
 13
 
 
In pure Robin’s egg sky
 14
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stained by murky battle
 15
 
 
Stars fade into dirty white
 16
 
 
No longer bright
 17
 
 
While red bleeds
 18
 
 
Into soon to be night
 19
 
 
And inhuman screams
 20
 
 
Remind of the jungle’s dying cry
 21
 
 
As one man takes his death breath
 22

3 Mar 12


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