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A Gift

I am the wounded son
Of a wounded father

Rips and tears
To body and soul...

Was the gift
he brought home...

To pass down to me

My child's eye, soaked up
The outer wounds he carried

My child's heart, inhaled
The inner wounds he had hidden

"War is stupid" he would say
"Nobody wins" he would proclaim
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When my time came
He wanted me to go


I had seen his wounds
And I had taken his pain...

Into my heart
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The gift he had given me
Became something unexpected

The gift he had given me
Became the seed of something else

The gift he had given me
Began to grow...

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Jim Bush is a 67 year old, Vietnam-era veteran, currently living in Texas. He was raised in a military family. His father received the Silver Star for directing troops while under air attack at Clark Field in the Phillipines, survived the Bataan (more...)

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