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Inward Battles

Many years we have been back from that horrible place
No jungle around us now but the battles still rage
Drifting back again through time and space
Just wanting to  close this books final page

Sitting alone with only memories best forgotten
The aching pain that never gives us rest
In the backs of our minds echoing like in a canyon
Throwing us back into our endless quest

The seeking of relief from the worst of times
Only wanting to live in comfort with out pain
Walking , while others not knowing how thin a line
Sometimes wondering how long we might remain sane

Not just the scars of war do we carry
But mournful wounds that will never heal
As we join together when a fallen brother is buried
Knowing the pain that others can not feel

Veteran's are a special breed of people
The only ones who say I will die for you
Our lives open to death and are so brindle
They should be honored these surviving few

We all need to take the time and listen
For so many of us have something to say
If we speak we are trying to get past our gremlin's
For soon we will all be gone someday

                                                 Edwin J. Smith
                                              The Old Cowboy Poet
                                                  June 4th 2009

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