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Thinking of you
Each night and day

Whilst I'm gone
From your loving arms

I sit a moment
In this tent

Appreciating the memories
Of all you've done for me.

The lessons of Life
You've kindly knit

Into my life
For me to sift.

I ponder that
And all I've spent

Whilst remembering nights
Alone I've been

Standing post
Or monitoring screens

Of starlight scopes
Or radar beams.

Looking for incoming
Listening too

For rockets and missiles
Aimed at our good folks.

Sometimes we go out
On patrol.

Dodge the bullets,
Sleep in the cold,

Dig trenches and privies
To meet our needs.

Look for flashes
Fired at us,

Listen for whizzes
Going past our ears,

Jump for cover
When incoming fire

Comes near our heads
Or our behinds.

Shadows abound
Down lonely streets.

Insurgents and mortars
Run past humvees.

Bombs a-blowin'
Down the street.

IED's not good
To eat.

Better than those

Our fathers ate
In their foxholes.

We pray our journey
Returns us home.

You'll meet the man
Who was your boy.

Some of my friends
Have left us here.

Gone to greener
Fields back home.

Under flags
And under guard

They've left for home
With honors, applause.

Medals and pins,

To show the life
That they have spent:

Given up
Their gracious lives

To serve their country,
To save our hides.

And, for all their

We've bestowed them
Three feet times twice

The ground, the ground
The hallowed ground

Of Arlington
And all its quiet.

Rest they will
Forever more.

Gone from family.
Gone from corps.

Left us bravely
Saved us all.

They are the ones
We should recall.

Remember them.
Remember. Forget them not.

Respect and love them
Tender them care.

For those who are able
To return home to you,

Bless them, not cuss them.
They all love you.


Copyright 2008  by  Roger C. Bull


About the Author

Roger Bull is a veteran sergeant with nine years experience in the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office (metropolitan New Orleans). He attended three colleges: Southeastern Louisiana University (biology, chemistry and physics), Louisiana State University Law Enforcement Institute (advanced police studies), and Holy Cross College via a grant from the Jefferson Parish District Attorneys Office Law Enforcement Assistance Program (criminology, psychology, sociology). 


His extra-curricular activities included volunteer work as an Assistant Scoutmaster (Troop 196), Tiger Cub leader, Cubmaster (96 Cubscouts in Pack 796) and adult trainer for the Boy Scouts of America. He is an Eagle Scout. He was on several church committees including building committees. Roger carves Native American flutes and plays flute music. He enjoys reading, hiking, camping, fishing, genealogical research (over 29 years of research on the family of Ambrose Bull, circa 1750), astronomy and electronics tinkering.


His secondary occupation was computer programming and consulting. He constructed his first computer from chip level, two years before Wozniak and Jobs retailed the Apple IIe. He has operated his own computer consulting business, Bull Data, since 1980. He is the founder of the West Bank computer Users Group (WBUG) which had 125 members.


He is a moderator for the Fairhope Writers' Group in Fairhope, Alabama. Think Sonny Brewer and the Southern Writers Conference. Sonny promotes southern writers, especially those living in and around Fairhope, Alabama. Through Joe Formicello and Suzanne Hudson, in a program granted by the State of Alabama Writers' Guild, Roger and Karen attended a writers workshop at the University of South Alabama. Upon completion of the course, the attendees decided that the group should continue to meet weekly to assist each other in polishing their respective work.


His wife, Karen, writes murder mysteries with crime scenes occurring mostly in New Orleans and others along the Gulf of Mexico. Her first three books are part of a trilogy. Some of the characters exist in all of the stories of this trilogy; but each can be appreciated as stand-alone novels. She has two other books in mind that are independent of the trilogy and each other. The non-published titles of the first two books are, "Past Ties" and "The Red Shoe."


He has published a book of poetry, "Within The Heart And Soul," in 2007. The profits of which were donated to his church for rebuilding an adult education building that burned in a fire.


Roger is currently writing a terrorist mystery, tentatively titled "El Rey del Tiempo: Its Not What You Think." It is an ambitious novel with eight strong characters from various parts of the world. The power, greed and political madness of the world has brought this group together for some chilling and thrilling episodes.

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