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I stand here with my arm raised with a tear in my eye.

And I dare to look around I see hundreds of people just like me trying to hide our fear.

I have my laces tied and my shirt buttoned.

As I wait my turn, turn to board the plane to take me far away.

I’m afraid of dying at the hands of my enemy.

Then at the distance I see the flag start to rise and I think of my country at what these people have done.

I stand firm and wipe the tear from my eye.

Then I think of all my brothers and sisters that died on that day that day that shocked the world.

As my fear starts to fade it gets replaced by pride and anger.

I look into the sky the flag is fully raised.

Then as I start to board the plane I see all the faces angry and sad for all our brothers and sisters.

And all I can do is pray my decision was right and I can change the world in this small way.

And I hope this simple American solider can find his way back home.

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The following comments are for "Salute"
by poetfreak

Wonderful piece!
Excellent! I wrote a song about September 11th so we were all feeling pretty much the same. I enjoy reading your poetry your wise beyond your years!

( Posted by: LadyKimberly [Member] On: March 9, 2005 )

Wow - This one really made me cry. (the pizza delivery boy will be here any minute - I hope he doesn't think I'm fighting with my husband or something. ;)

Powerful! Thank you for posting, and for having an opinion you're not afraid to share.

Warm Regards,



( Posted by: feliciastone [Member] On: March 9, 2005 )

I had goosebumps reading this. I remember every aspect of that day and have followed our troops throughout (although only knowing one friends son). It makes me so proud and wanting to take action. Great use of words to evoke such passion.

( Posted by: Eleanor [Member] On: March 9, 2005 )

Thank you for commenting on my poetry I did not think that I was going to get any input on this writing post I didn’t really mean to write this I was trying to write some thing else but I thought of my brother so kind of weird thanks for the input

( Posted by: poetfreak [Member] On: March 9, 2005 )

Had to come back
And cry again while I read this.

Damn! you're good.


( Posted by: feliciastone [Member] On: March 9, 2005 )

Thank you for the compliments, I would like to write more poems of this kind. But this was more of inspirational so I am not sure if I can.


( Posted by: poetfreak [Member] On: April 1, 2005 )

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