Kiss the Girls

Kiss the Girls

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers
"

...a reflection of war

"

Kiss the Girls

 

 

He was calling from Afghanistan,

his second tour of duty.
They spoke in a universal shorthand
mostly about the house,
how much the oldest had his chin
and how the twins were beginning to crawl.

The last words she recalls from him
was ''I’m alright…”

 

 

“…kiss the girls”.





© 2018 Kelly Scheppers


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Very appropriate dear friend for today too.

sigh.. thoughts and prayers for all the soldiers and their families..

your words have touched me deeply.
xo



Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

Thank you, my dear friend...your words mean much to me!
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dan
Kelly, This is a stirring and gripping story-poem. Coming on the anniversary of 9/11 it is apropos that you are honoring a soldier who was in Afghanistan, defending the US abroad. "Kiss the girls...." How perfectly rendered. May we all honor our service men and women on this day, on ALL days. A beautifully told story, Kelly. take care...dan

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

Thank you for an endearing review, Dan! Take care my friend!
The impact of this poem has me reeling.....incredible poetry, Kelly. Lydi**

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

The weight of your words always leave me overwhelmed. Thank you, Lydi!
And she will forever think of him when she kisses them...very nice Kelly! :D

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

Thank you, Terry...I hope this was worth waiting for! ; )
terry smith

5 Years Ago

Your's always are!! :)
beautiful!!! so well done .. feeling the lump in my throat and tears at the edge .. i love our warriors .. being reminded of their sacrifice in this very touching way is precious in my mind .. simply beautiful!
E.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

Your reviews always inspire me to do better...thank you for that! x
There is always an added dimension when I read something pertaining to war. Here the dimension expands, greets the sadness with a full handshake of soul. I love the way the fingertips cast a glow on the window.

Beautiful Kelly, simply beautiful!

Love,
Al

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

My dear Alfred, thank you...with all my heart!
Beautifully done!!!! Saying so very much with so few words. To let the imagery speak for it's self can be so liberating to a poet and this sad beautiful piece does it perfectly!!!!

BTW, i found some old photos i took and posted them for you. I hope you don't mind and would be honored if you'd take a peek!!!

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

Thank you so much, Dan...and yes, I would be delighted to!
war takes in perpetuity...there is an eerie calmness add empathy in your tone but such depth of sadness in those final words...my heart goes out to those who are left behind to collect the pieces...sigh....beautifully written, Kelly

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

I had originally written this for a 40-word challenge at another venue, but lost. I added a little .. read more
this just slammed me in the gut...and such a timely write...the memories of that day, and then that time...and still.....


j.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

The memories truly transcend themselves, to now...to today! Thank you, Jacob!
My goodness, I have goosebumps! A heavy sigh after reading this poignant piece, unfortunately this tragedy happens all too often.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

So proud to be able to post this particular piece today - of all days! ...thank you!

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Added on September 11, 2015
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Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



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