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That Place Where Black Lips And Blue Sky Meet

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When I was young, before I learned to shave
A handsome soldier the girls thought brave

The world at my feet threw garlands of flowers
And cheered me along from bright shining towers

My uniform was new, my bayonet was sharp
I could barely hear the heavenly harp

Or the angelic weeping somewhere far behind
A reminder way down in the back of my mind

Of past wars forgotten
And corpses gone rotten

In that place where black lips and blue sky meet


Now, I remember how the reaper kissed the lips of my rival
And turned to touch my forehead with the curse of survival

Now, I sit by the roadside and beg for my dinner
And ask myself daily, just who was the winner?

Now, my face is bearded and my uniform is tattered
And young girls hurry by as if I never really mattered

No more cheers do I hear in these ragged old ears
And there's no fine young bravery to cover my fears

While I wait for a dollar, or deliverance, or death
To return with a kiss that will take my last breath

And finally free me from this curse of survival
To reunite me with my long departed--dear--rival

In that place where black lips and blue sky meet

 

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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