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Tending Distant Fires

Far from hearth and home, watching
Cold alone but not alone
On distant shore and only wanting
Safe return and little more

What tales we'll tell
When that time comes
When tales can be told

When things grim
Seem far away
When other fires go cold

Some distant sunset, vision fading
Memories remain
And tired eyes gaze 'pon folded flags
While distant drums beat their refrain

Saluting fallen friends whose names
And youth will never fade
Here's to those on other shores,
for them live well, the price is paid

- Greyhawk, (
-- Iraq, December 2004

Deployed far from home and hearth this Holiday season, awaiting a bit of cheer via comments:

1000 Words from Iraq
2Slick's Forum
Able Kane Adventures
Armor Geddon
Beef Always Wins
Blog Machine City
Dagger JAG
In Iraq for 365
Iraq Calling
Lance in Iraq
A Line in the Sand
The Mudville Gazette
Never heard of this place till now!!!
News from Baghdad
The Questing Cat
Steven Kiel
Training for Eternity
Tweak's World
Life in This Girl's Army

And those who wait:

Trying to Grok

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