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Freedom Is Not Free
by Marilyn Schnepp 
09/10/06
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Today I watched the flag unfurl
And flutter in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I thought of many men like him
Who've fallen through the years;
And died alone on foreign soil
Far from their mothers' tears.

How many pilots' fell to earth?
And how many ships went down?
How many foxholes became a grave?
And oh how many, never found?

Whenever I hear the sound of "Taps"
I feel a sudden chill;
A haunting echo fills the air
And the night turns deathly still.

That mournful tune the bugler plays
Informs us of the end;
For beneath that flag draped coffin
Lies our brother, son or friend.

I think of all the children
The mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I think about those heroes
At the bottom of the sea,
And those interred at Arlington;
For freedom is not free!

One day the world will be at peace
No graves, no death, no war.
When Jesus comes to take us home
Then "Taps" will play no more.



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Paul Potenza 06 Oct 2006
A touching poem, beautifully and gently constructed. Like the touch of a nurse to a dying Marine. No promises. Just pure admiration for a job well done. ALL servicemen should feel what I feel when I read this piece, just ONCE before they go. It would make the crossing easier. Pauly
Debra Elliott 12 Sep 2006
Love your piece, thanls for your comments contact me @ gennut35210@yahoo.com Debra Elliott
darlene hight 11 Sep 2006
Marlyn, This is hauntingly beautiful! Thank you for writing it and sharing it. Darlene
Kevin Kindrick 11 Sep 2006
Amen - it's good to read something respectful and honoring of our troops - while still looking forward to the day when they're no longer needed. Thank you for sharing this - a message of, above all else, hope. God bless, Kevin
Kaylee Blake  11 Sep 2006
Oooh. Powerful. An awesome tribute to the men and women in service. Wonderful. Thanks.
Jan Ackerson  11 Sep 2006
Beautiful! It gave me goosebumps. I can hear this as a narration, with "America the Beautiful" in the background with strings and brass. Or sung by a country crooner, perhaps. At any rate, it's perfect, and what I needed to read today.
david grant 11 Sep 2006
Yup. We ex-military have been there. And now a piece of our hearts are with the current ranks of young men and women standing between us and our enemies. Thank God for them! And thank God for your poem. Get it published somewhere! brotherdave
Edy T Johnson  11 Sep 2006
Beautiful writing, Marilyn. I agree with all the above comments, especially the one urging you to get it published somewhere! Thanks for putting your heart into words, like this.
Lynne Stephens 10 Sep 2006
Wonderful! It is so true! Thanks to Harry for sending it to me. Lynne Port Huron, MI




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