Saturday, May 8, 2021

Home! Come home!

 


Helicopters fly
Gray and Green
Against a gray sky

Whoom-puh, Whoompuh

Blades cut through air
Shake leaves
Rattle glass
People watch from below.

Fly at night
Fly in day
Going where?  When?
Today, tomorrow.

Young men, young women
Sons and daughters all
Fly across
Desert ground, look down.

Whoom-puh, Whoompuh

Beating of their hearts
And
Beating of blades:
Same sound.

This was originally published September 12, 2012

Camp Pendleton is just 20-30 miles from us.  When we lived even closer, we could hear war maneuvers. Helicopters, munitions, half-tracks on the beach---something was about to happen.  Here, huge batches of Cipro were being stored in warehouses, ready for possibility of poisonous weapons being fired.

So, why is this being posted now?

Our men and women are coming home! After 20 years, they are coming home.


21 comments:

  1. They are indeed. Coming home changed, to a changed world. My heart thrills for all those who have waited for so long.

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    1. Oh, the parents and family must be overjoyed.

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  2. I am glad they are coming home. There will be some HAPPY reunions. We were never at Pendalton, but I met some heroes from there. One spent a few days in the brig. LOL
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Many from Pendleton go down to Mexico, come back drunk. Never works out for them.

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  3. I hope they will be able to stay home and not be deployed elsewhere.

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    1. It is a wait and see. Things will get nasty fast.

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  4. Yes, hopefully it will not all go to heck with them gone and they have to go back.

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  5. May they all get home safely and be able to stay home.

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    1. May their families rejoice and praise God!

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  6. My grandparents lived in Oceanside in the '80s. I remember hearing the rumblings from Camp Pendleton sometimes when I was visiting.

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    1. It is something you and I will always remember.

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  7. Many prayers answered. It's about time.

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  8. twenty years is far too long, I'm glad they are coming home.

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  9. If I was still of a geopolitical bent, I might debate the pros and cons... but it's about people now. They deserve a better life.

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    1. History is built by people. These brave people built a world.

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  10. 20 years is a long, long time.

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    1. A whole lifetime for many of those soldiers! They were just babies when this all started.

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  11. Gone for a long time and hopefully back for a longer time.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!