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Flashes in the Night

For those who have been there you will understand the meaning.  

Long ago in a past best forgot
There were flashes in the night
Awaking many with eyes bloodshot
Short bursts quick and bright

Sweat and fear  spread all around
Not sure of things yet to come
The rumbling that brings the sound
That still echo's  like a drum

Years gone by at the speed of light
Still unable to leave behind
Dreams that haunt at midnight
Sights and sounds within you confined

We that have been so lost
Veterans who can not face it outright
With lives that are so crisscrossed
Still living with Flashes in the night

                                       Edwin J. Smith
                                   The Old Cowboy poet
                                       Jan 16th 2013

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