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This is my last letter home,
just enough time to say goodbye
to dad and mom, all my friends,
roses in the hedge,
the street corner poet selling words,
the street corner church selling words,
the street walker selling words.
 
This is to be my last letter home,
to Tom, Dick, Sally, Fred, Spot and Sue.
If I could only be there to see the looks
on their faces but I’m going to war
and they wouldn't recognize me
or my street corner face.
My camouflaged face.

This should be my last letter home,
where in my old bedroom sat my trunk
filled with old letters, old dreams,
uniform and ammo case, journals.
No one will read them because I never
sparked a magic fire in their hearts
strong enough to melt the stones and ice
in their illiterate minds.

Is this my last letter home,
where, when I was there,
the light was on,
the day I ran away to join the war.
Reach out and read me.
Read my books, plays, poetry,
never more those false smiles when I call.

This is to be my last letter home,
one copy to you, one to her and
one to each friend who greeted me first,
smiled, saved a life, shared my feelings for peace.
Anyone who is better now
than when they started,
one to the clubs I belong to
and the ones I wanted to,
and maybe one to some of your friends.

This should be my last letter home,
to ask for love, world of freedom.
Can you say luck?
No, to you a soldier is a distant thing,
to me it's duty at all cost, people,
death, dogs, acid rain, diamonds in the rough.

Is this my last letter home?
You're damn right it is and you know it!
I've been hiding my feelings on paper,
writing between the lines of all my
poems, stories, plays, trying to reach only you.
Wanting you to say, I understand...
I know I understand you... really I do.

YOU'LL COME TO MY GRAVE STONE
WHERE I WILL FOREVER BE ALONE
HOLDING THIS LETTER BROUGHT FROM HOME
STILL THINKING IT'S ONLY ANOTHER POEM

WayneRay 13:19, 2 December 2007 (UTC)WayneRay

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