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Rated: E · Poetry · Emotional · #1274167
A US soldier in Iraq remembers Christmas and his love.
CHRISTMAS CALL: award winner, Editor's pick

Separated we are by
More than a thousand mile.
At this Christmas I crave for
Your gentle touch and smile.

From this land I cannot send
You even an e-mail.
In this desert my cell phone
Is destined but to fail.

I rue the day when I had
With you a verbal spat.
I jumped at a decision
In a raw moment flat.

Your attention, fleetingly,
To another did sway,
Making me join the army,
So that I get away.

Separation kindles love;
Verily it is so.
But we both discovered this
Through a process too slow.

It was on the Christmas Eve
That from my home I flew
To land among human bombs
That truly roast and stew.

How I long for tender touch
And for your sweetest kiss!
These are what at this Christmas,
In Iraq, I do miss.

* Written in abcb, 7-6-7-6 format.

* Awarded Honourable Mention Prize in Magyk’s Monthly poetry contest, item 1048231 "Invalid Item
* Editor's pick in Romance / Love newsletter dated 13 November 2013 and 10 December 2014.

• Originally written as item 953651, which was deleted 17 May 2005 and this poem was included as entry 347695 in the book WAR POETRY , "WAR POETRY--award winner. Re-posted as static item on 9 June 2007.

M C Gupta
December 25, 2004
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