The Only True Honor

Some die in battle.
Some later, of their wounds. Some, years later.
Not all their wounds are of the body.
Nor their deaths. Nor all their battles in the field.

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For Saavedra, Michael Anthony, once of the USN.

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@ NCVRC, 4th Av, off Humboldt Bay, CA

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2 Vets
1 Nam
1 Mid E
@ NCVRC
Both said pretty much the same

There was no honor in our battles
In them
Or awarded

Our Victories too few & hard fought won
Discounted
False Purposed
Pointless

Our losses too many, too much to bear

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2 Addicts
1 Alkie
1 Junkie
@ NCVRC
@ 0500
Both rise & tarnish
Bright & surly
Strive, struggle, stumble, sometimes fall, too often fail
Each new same-o day

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Their losses are crosses not carried
Save by self

There are no victories
Save of self
Too few & hard fought won

There is no honor in their battles
Save self awarded in the mirror

Each new ending day

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Memorial Day 2013
Across the South Bay from Tuluwat

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Celebrations ‘n’ Barbies ‘n’ Burgers R Part of It
Like Laughter @ a Wake
But Pause A Sec’ ‘n’

Remember To Remember

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