Homeless Honor 
By Terry Klasek

Medals of honor, crosses all in a row,
Bugles blown sadly, wreaths tied in a bow.
A man clad in dirty rags, brown bag in hand
Fumbles for a smoke, adjusting his headband.

Long ago a soldier, tall, lean, and proud.
Now, his uniform more resembles a shroud.
His hard weathered face echoes the gray streaked hair,
Eyes change in a flash into that thousand yard stare.

Thoughts return from a far off place,
Mist clouds his eyes, tears flow down his face.
Brown bag lifted to tobacco stained lip,
Killing another memory, he takes a longer sip.

To “Taps” he listens with head turned down.
Walks slowly to his hangout, downtown.
He shivers in the cold, and shrivels in the heat.
Dies in early Autumn, a death, painful and slow.
Last thoughts were of honor, and crosses all in a row!

©  Terry Klasek


"We each have our own way of living in the world, together we are like a symphony.
Some are the melody, some are the rhythm, some are the harmony
It all blends together, we are like a symphony, and each part is crucial.
We all contribute to the song of life."
...Sondra Williams

We might not always agree; but TOGETHER we will make a difference.


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