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Never To Be Recalled

I gaze into the mirror and there it is again
Staring back at me with those sad eyes
Those long days and longer nights of Vietnam
So many years to forget I have tried

That icy hand that grabs the soul
Forcing me back to the  past
Leaving me so empty and cold
Seeking some  way to forget at last

Most who know me do not understand
They have never had these dreams
That tear at the mind and hurt a man
Stealing my life like a evil fiend

Lost in my thoughts distance from all around
Not knowing if tomorrow will be better
Remembering all those terrible sounds
Living with all the unseen  inter anger

I often pray that it will end someday
Taking me far  away in death
Just wanting the pain and sorrow to go away
Longing at last for that finale breath

The one that will set me free
Into the home God has for us all
Where there are no boundaries
And that war never to be recalled

                                             Edwin J. Smith
                                       The Old Cowboy Poet
                                              June 19th 2010

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