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Are They Still There? – Poem Remembering POW’s

January 25, 2012

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Are they still there?
The ones lost years ago
Rotting in a cage somewhere
We really need to know

After all these many years
I can’t help but wonder why
The answers are still unknown
And time has passed them by

They went to serve for all of us
Both draft and volunteer
To help protect this country
For things which we hold dear

I’d wager they remember us
We’re always in their mind
So I can not understand
Why we can not find

The time to seek the truth
And find our countrymen
To bring them home were they belong
In a battle we must win

It seems the county has forgotten
The men of yesterdays war
Who gave up everything they had
Their freedom, and much more

They gave up the right to see
Their children as the grew
The joy and love of family
These things they never knew

The future they had planned for
The life they’d hoped to live
The job, the school, the talents
These men had much to give

They traded all they had
For the honor and the right
To stand up for this country
For it’s ideals, to fight

And isn’t one of those ideals
Freedom for all to share
But what of the freedom of the POW?
After all, are they still there?

Copyright April, 2000 by Stanley E. Hutchinson.  All rights reserved.
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2012 7:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Boudica BPI Weblog.

  2. January 26, 2012 10:54 pm

    Some info on alleged POW sightings in SE Asia in my post:

  3. January 26, 2012 11:41 am

    SP4 David Stanley Demmon
    Army 06.09.65 SVN

  4. January 25, 2012 9:33 pm

    What Raven said.

  5. January 25, 2012 9:30 pm

    This is one of the great tragedies of war … of this country’s … of our leader’s … of Congress and of the people. This is a huge mark on this country. It is unforgivable. Excellent poem.

    • January 25, 2012 9:34 pm

      I ran across this poem a couple of days ago and meant to post it sooner. It really hit me hard. It made me think that we don’t do enough to remember and honor those who are missing. I cannot imagine how painful it must be for families of those how are MIA. There is no closure, so it must be like an open wound that can never heal. Your assessment is correct, and it breaks my heart. It is unforgivable.

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