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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...

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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

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"War is stupid" he would say
"Nobody wins" he would proclaim

Yet...

When my time came
He wanted me to go

But...

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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