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In A Gentle Way You Can Shake The World

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When they draped the flag on your coffin mate
I was dumb, dead with it-
they ought to at least give you one last chance
to dance the dance of life-

you were the grass growing and the earth
firm beneath our feet,
you were the cotton on our backs the day
we sweated for glory on the pitch man!
The ball sailed right through every eye in the stadium
shot like a bolt straight into your hands,
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: heroes
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
The stimulus for this came from another poetry website whose name I can't remember right now. I chose the quote offered, a quote from Mahatma Ghandi.I dedicated it to all those service personnel who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. I wrote it as a one-off, did not redraft, typed straight into the website box in 5 mins. Donnie is the nickname for my nephew, who is named after my late brother Donald, to whom this is partly also dedicated to.I got an idea from watching American football in the past- I really love when they launch the ball long and high, and there's a fantastic catch and touchdown.
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