The reason that
The word unbearable
Exists ~ is
Because some things
Truly are ~

Hearts do break ~
And minds ~
And wills ~
And the courage
To go on ~
May have an
Expiration date ~
Written in
Invisible ink ~
But no less real
For all that ~

Each death is
One too many ~
Each one a cry
For help that
Went unheard ~

They were called
To the fight
And they answered ~
Now we must
Answer them ~
Before another
Soldier dies ~

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Melody Haislip (23 Posts)

I began writing poetry in my early 20s, and then put it aside and forgot it. Then a couple of years ago, I suddenly began writing ~ about everything under the sun ~ and I began to write poetry again. Or perhaps I should say channel more than write, since I feel that I am merely the conduit for some of the pieces I write. Those are the best of times, when the words flow, and those are the words which speak to others. Wish I could live in that state all the time!


  1. Larry Conley

    Beautiful and true, Melody. Everyone of us must remember those who fought and fell in these misguided adventures and in all the other wars, conflicts, and hostilities where the call has gone out the brave and honorable responded.

    Thanks for this reminder.


  2. Melody Haislip (Author)

    Larry, thank you. A friend of mine who served in Viet Nam recently found out he has an aneurysm and needs surgery – the sooner the better. It would take too long through VA, so he’s going through another insurance plan. I’ve seen a lot of coverage on the terrible wait times and the rising number of suicides among returning vets.

    Where, in all these complicated and conflicting budget wranglings, is timely and adequate health care for those beset by physical and mental challenges as a result of their service? So often we see a society neglect their soldiers. It’s a miracle any of them is willing to step up and serve, when it’s so evident what they can expect. We must do better.

  3. Well stated Melody. We go about our daily routines and most of the time we don’t give much thought to the troops who are in the thick of things. I am heartily tired of war and conflict. Were the world a kinder and more loving place … it would be a glorious experience. Spread Love.

    • Melody Haislip (Author)

      Theresa, a few years ago, I saw “Black Hawk Down”. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but it was quite an experience. By the time I staggered out of the theater, I felt as if I had fought my way from one end of that little town to the other. The worst part of it was, that as the film ended, the men were getting ready to go out and into the battle all over again.

      It was brutal -.terrifyingly loud and confusing – a full frontal assault on the senses. I barely made it through and I was in a theater!!! It made an impression. Now when I hear of soldiers or war or battle, I’m right back there in the firefight. Everyone should watch this movie, so they will truly understand war, and so that they will be more alive to the plight of our returning service men and women.

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