Beyond Valor

Beyond Valor

A Story by Sami Khalil
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The sacrifice and the price to pay.

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Beyond Valor…By Sami Khalil

An Analysis of a widow of a fallen hero…

Barreled waves crashed upon the flood of emotions, breaching the surface of jaded eyes, with noted crest and velocity.


To align her memory, of no unbreakable bonds, she saw in real time the slippage of pathless dreams into alabaster dirges.


Every day passed, she listened to riptides and the news of her husband, George Cavallaro, who was embedded in the Iraq war and, had the misfortune of being killed by an IED, in the line of duty, under a heightened sun and across grinding sand.


Upon hearing the news, immediately her thoughts were christened with tears, falling into the sink drains of topiary reflections.


Glaringly insecure, she questioned the validity of wars, or their legitimacy, with sustaining stares, albeit aslant.


Seasons began to fade into moments of aghast flows and withered blows. Voices fell silent at times into eternal oblivion, away from the essence of hope.


She rejoiced not in the minimal of mortified states and, had to remind herself, over and over, that a baby boy is on the way, semi-orphaned across the pages of life.


As she thought, things that linger, past and present, seem to be the homecomings of resurrected souls, alive in passions and flames.


She spoke no further of turbid confessions, as admittance had many shadows of eclipsed disdains.  


Off in the distance, the dying sun dotted the uninitiated nights, in sorrowful swoons.


 What becomes of a heart, any heart, loved to an extent, but be worthy of saving its memory, aside from the places where ashes lay.


In darkest hours, she read the last letter received from him with smiles, that retained the brokenness of drifted pleasures.


Out of her writs, and in the shield position, she was lulled by the gift of life, with bent posture, to be born cheerful and with a ruddy complexion.



She finally folded the letter, gazing mutely, then uttered,

Embers cold, darkened are the hues

Hearts restless, searching for clues

I shall await in my wrenching need

And resign in your arms, as I plead.       




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as always, this piece fires on all cylinders, Sam, my friend. it was so sad, but so compelling all the same.

Please keep up the great work.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Sami Khalil

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you so much Wesley for this amazing review and kindness. So glad you like it.
A poetic story that gets to the heart of the emotion portrayed. As I read this we celebrate Veterans' Day. The futility of war and the grief of those left behind are very much on my mind today. This couldn't be a more fitting tribute.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


Sami Khalil

4 Weeks Ago

So true and well articulated. Thank you so much beloved poet and friend for this wonderful review a.. read more
Another brilliant write!

Again written in that journalism narrative format, you have wonderfully expressed this tale of one who dwells in the trail of War's loss and heartache. All too often we read about the courage and valour of the Soldier's on the front line; those who go above and beyond the call of duty and sometimes at the cost of their own lives. But there is also true valour in the actions of those at home who suffer the consequences of war and must go on living as best they can with the shattered hearts and fading memories.

With this write you have shone a light on the suffering and true strength of the rear echelon 'soldiers' of war, detailed with your usual wonderful vocabulary and literary talent.

Profound writing, as always.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

I can't thank you enough great poet and friend for this wonderful review and splendid appreciation. .. read more
Very deep piece love the imagery and story.great job on this. Very heartfelt.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much beloved poet and friend for this wonderful review and appreciation. Glad you like.. read more
She finally folded the letter, gazing mutely, then uttered,
Embers cold, darkened are the hues
Hearts restless, searching for clues
I shall await in my wrenching need
And resign in your arms, as I plead.

these lines are too beautiful.
The choice of words is too good.
you are master in playing with words, Sami.
The way you have described the state of widow of a soldier is vivid.
Thank you for sharing :)


Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Awe. Thank you so much beloved poet and friend for this wonderful review and appreciation. All rich.. read more
irenic

1 Month Ago

nope...............
you write soo beautifully that I am convinced to review it:)
are you drawing these images? they seem to very accurately potray your story with its imagery. Most people try to paint a picture with their words but you have gone several steps ahead by complementing a compelling picture with a story. Making for a unique experience for the reader

Posted 1 Month Ago


Ashwin Shanker

1 Month Ago

please answer my question know, I am curious :P
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

It is I, by the grace and inspiration of God, His glorious creations and Nature.
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

I mean the mental pics
I do love the imagary you painted. The sense of grief and sadness are underlined with a wondering of "Why?" that I think we all have when something tragic happens not only to us but in the world as well. I also think this is a good reflection of what is going on in the world today. Well done

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

I totally agree dear Layla for you have nailed it on the head. Thank you so much for all. All wonde.. read more
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Zoe
Such a melancholic poem...the last lines leaving the readers teary eyed. Life is so unfair at times, isnt it. Truly felt the blast of all the emotions hidden here. Amazingly penned!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

It is indeed as you say. I hope we can make it a better place or cope with its ills. Thank you for s.. read more
Zoe

1 Month Ago

You're most welcome
😥 Sometimes there are no easy answers ... and questions no longer make sense.

Thank you for sharing this riveting work.

Alisa

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

So true and well articulated. Thank you so much AlisaJ for this amazing review and kindness. God bl.. read more
sadness .. you write beautifully of it all-- great work
also love the painting as your image

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much beloved poet and friend for this wonderful review and appreciation. Good to see yo.. read more

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