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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Thump (05/30/13)

TITLE: Tribute to Sean
By Lisa Hudson
06/02/13


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Tribute to Sean

Who can hear a mother's heart
As her new babies’ cry fills the room?
Anticipation mixed with fear,
And sadness, from an empty womb.

Who can see a mother's heart
When her toddler skins his knee?
His cry has changed, but not her care,
She can't protect him from what must be.

Who can feel a mother's heart
As he leaves for his first day of school?
She tries not to cry as he looks back,
She prays the other children aren't cruel.

Who can protect a mother's heart,
When in a flash, he's driving her car?
She gasps when he's tackled for the fiftieth time,
But has to soothe his fears from afar.

Who can hold a mother's heart,
When he announces its time to leave?
He's in the Navy, he took an oath.
Her heart knows only to grieve.

Who can catch a mother's heart
When the knock comes upon the door?
Her precious son, her baby boy,
Won’t be coming home anymore.

Who can silence a mother's heart,
As she screams from within her soul?
Not even The Lord can comfort her,
She will never again feel whole.

Who can still a father’s heart,
Upon hearing he gave life and limb?
His son was to search for and rescue others,
And now they were searching for him.

A sisters’ heart is broken too,
As a flag, to their mother is given.
The mournful song of “Taps” is played,
Twenty-one shots are fired toward heaven.

Who can mend the families’ hearts,
As they lay him in the ground?
In time, his parents will breathe again,
And somehow peace will be found.

Who can know a mother's heart?
Our God is the only One.
For He knows just how much it hurts,
To lose His only Son.

*My nephew, Sean was killed in a helicopter crash during a training excercise on May 19, 2009. On June 15th of this year, he would have been 25 years old.


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Rhonda Ritenour06/08/13
I am very sorry to read about your loss. May God's peace comfort you and your family. I thought this was a very moving piece and I the pulse of the poem was well-done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/10/13
This is a beautiful tribute, not just to Sean, but to all families who sacrifice so much to help keep me safe. The words, thank you, don't feel adequate. The timing with Memorial Day approaching is perfect, but we need that sense of gratitude all year long. Thank you.
CD Swanson 06/11/13
So sorry for your significant loss. My gosh this poem was lovely and moving, and sombering at once.

Thank you for sharing this tribute about Sean, the love you felt for him was palpable in this beautiful piece.

God bless~
Brenda Rice 06/11/13
I relate to your pain because my son was a sailor during war time, too. Thankfully, he came home.

Your tribute to Sean is well written and touching. Thanks for sharing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/13/13
Congratulations on ranking 8 in your level. (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)