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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You have created a very beautiful and poignant picture here. Kudos.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much Avinash for all your love and support. It means a lot.
However proud the wives, siblings and parents of fighting man and women may be, they have to support their loved ones. And their support, emotional and physical strength need be a hundredfold knowing death might break their hearts.

Your blood raw but honest words echo what so many feel, Sami. War has left the agony of loss throughout history. Your widow's baby will never know his father's arms... but manufactured arms killed the man.

As always, your work touches both heart and mind.

Posted 1 Month Ago


emmajoy

1 Month Ago

If that's all i can do with my time, then so be it, my dear friend!
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Free time at least. Lol
::::)))))......
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

Hope so.. pray so, :)
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Brutal truth, every soldier's family live in fear of this brutality..

she questioned the validity of wars, or their legitimacy..

Well is it reasonable..

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

So true and well said. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to join us. Blessings of pea.. read more
Beautifully sad story,it is the realities of life.Love taken away by war.Good write,I enjoyed it;-]

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

So true and well articulated. Thank you so much dear poet for all. Glad to see you.
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Wonderful story wrapped in beautiful tragedy and tied up nicely with the poem at the end.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

You have given me the honor as you give you the thanks and appreciation. Blessings.
As always, the artwork you chose to accompany your words is so appropriate...and so beautiful. The families of soldiers who do not make it home have to live with only memories. They must keep the good times alive and continue to fight for the freedoms their loved ones fought for. Sami, this is a powerful write. Lydi**

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Marvelous are your words and your lovely visit. I can't agree more. Grazie Mille.
The loved ones of fallen heroes have relatively little time for self-pity; they must be about the business of seeing to it that their brave and beloved champions did not make futile sacrifices.
Spread the word! Tell their stories!
There is obviously much more said in "Beyond Valor"; these sentiments are what struck me most.
A magnificent creation, Sami!



Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

So true and well articulated dear poet. Thank you so much for this wonderful review and kind visit. .. read more
a touching and very creative write sami,i really enjoyed the journey through this mind

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much beloved poet and friend for this wonderful review and appreciation. All rich bles.. read more
Damn - the story was so poetic Sami that your comment about what I thought about the poem too threw me a little. I thought I was reading poetry right the way through! Such is your wonderful eloquence.

The poem at the end does the job of 'folding up the scene' like the letter in her hands and leaves a heavy sorrow in the reader's heart.
Top notch writing Sami.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much great poet and friend for this marvelous review and your appreciation. I'm so grat.. read more
"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."

Sami Khalil


Posted 1 Month Ago



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