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Under Watchful Eye

Story ID:7462
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:HEMET CA. USA
Year:1800
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Under Watchful Eye

Under Watchful Eye

As the Mighty eagle
Looks past leafless trees
Resting on a serviceman’s tombstone
Tell me mighty eagle, what is it you see?

Mighty American Eagle
Is that tear falling from your eye
As you survey these many graves
Of young servicemen and women who have died?

As they now
Rest in peace
Neath the earth
And rows of trees

Their War is over
Their fighting’s done
They have given their all
They have won

So mighty Eagle
Are you counting now
The many graves
That are here row on row

Protecting their resting place
Keeping the unwanted away
Keeping it under your watchful eye
As the soldiers “Markers” you oversee today

On this misty morning
On this hallowed ground
Peace and quiet
All around

Before you leave
And move on
Tell me please
What brought you here at the break of dawn?

These servicemen and servicewomen
Would thank you I am sure
For stopping by
Their spirits it would ensure

That the living are forever grateful
For their extreme sacrifice
Keeping us safe from harm
While they paid the extreme price.

O mighty Eagle
As through the sky you soar
I will remember this poignant picture
Forever more

I’ll file it in my memory
So any time I can recall
The Mighty Eagle’s appearance
Watching over all.

Monte L. Manka 09-12-11