Saturday, September 29, 2007

A Poem for Blue Water Navy Veterans

Here is a poem from one of our group. It is quite an eloquent statement.

"Again and Again"
by James F. Mason

Lightning Flashes, Thunder Roars-
Slowly he walks the windswept shores,

With Head bowed low, and a heart filled with despair,
he searches for a safe haven, but one is just not there.

Alone this night in the driving rains
only Jesus the Christ knows of his pains

He weary in heart and confused in mind
that he now only seeks his release from mankind

So he slowly walks, too tired to sleep
He then turns his gaze to the ocean deep.

Then Lightning Flashes and Thunder Roars-
And waters crash on the forbidden shores,

Frothy fingers atop the inviting waves
beckoning him on to a watery grave.

So he walks down to the oceans side
He feels the pull of the surging tide,

And the mariner’s song, on this cold damp night
A promise of rest and an end to his fight

So he steps out into the ocean deep,
A place to rest and perhaps to sleep.

Then Lightning Flashes and the Thunder Roars-
Waters crash again on this empty shore.

And the Devil's laughter on the howling wind,
Is rising and falling... Again and again.

Then with the rising sun, the storm has disappeared
and on the horizon it is now sunny and clear.

Then over the radio air a message so brief
a report of a body floating near the reef.

And in his hands still clutching he
a number of letters from the VA Secretary.

In all the letters the same they read
“your claim is denied, you served on the sea.”

Thank you Jim. Most excellent!

We don't look for things, but sometimes things find us. Earlier, while researching some websites, we ran across a reminder: it struck us as important that the 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall is on November 7th through the 12th. We will be in Washington on the morning of the 7th to attend the oral arguments of the Haas vs. Nicholson appeal by the DVA. Maybe that portends something favorable.

Maybe it means the end of “your claim is denied, you served on the sea.”


"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." -- President Abraham Lincoln

"Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious." --President George Washington

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