Google +LinkedInPinterestYouTubeInstagramTwitterFacebook

With A Tear In Your Eye

With a Tear in Your Eye

You gave your service; we gave you our praise,
You lived through this horror, now struggle through the days.
Your legs and arms, once straight and true,
The wages of war left them useless to you.
Now look up to heaven and see your flag fly,
You’ll understand freedom, with a tear in your eye.

No climbing the stairs, no chasing the dog,
You’re sitting there lonely, can’t rise from the fog.
You looked up to God for the answer to this,
He said, “Son, it was not I who chose this abyss.”
Now look up to heaven and see your flag fly,
You’ll understand freedom, with a tear in your eye.

You cry and labor and shudder with pain,
I see you gave more for freedom to gain.
You committed your life, but you gave them much more,
I pray they forget not the horrors of war.
Now look up to heaven and see your flag fly,
You’ll understand freedom, with a tear in your eye.

You did it for country and God above,
You did it for peace, which we all love.
You fought to free families under the dome,
Of oppression and torture, they had no home.
Now look up to heaven and see your flag fly,
You’ll understand freedom, with a tear in your eye.
You’ll understand freedom, with a tear in your eye.

Lawrence M. Piemontese
Vietnam Era Veteran: USAF 1964-1968

About the author:

I enlisted in the Air Force in 1964 and served 4 years active and 2 inactive. I have been married for 43 years and have 3 children. I was made aware of Sgt. Anderson's situation by his cousin Bill Schar. Bill asked me to write a note and asked my friends to also write to Bryan to pick up his spirits. I wrote this poem to honor Bryan and all injured soldiers.

 

Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <p>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Refresh Type the characters you see in this picture.
Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.  Switch to audio verification.

Tell us what you think