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I haven’t forgotten how

by Alex Hollings

There were no children crying today,
in the green and stone covered fields.

There were no mothers biting back tears,
no caskets being sealed.

There were no daughters without a dad,
no sons who lost their mom.

There were no fathers grieving,
no uncles keeping calm.

There are no flags to fold,
or kin to present them to now,

But we haven’t run out of flags,
and I haven’t forgotten how.

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Mic-Mac
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Mic-Mac

Alex, beautiful ❤️

Alex Hollings
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Alex Hollings

Thank you!!

clluelo
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clluelo

Beautiful Alex , nice to see you here

Alex Hollings
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Alex Hollings

Thank you! I’m honored that they felt this was worthy of publishing!

rynosbucket
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rynosbucket

Alright Alex H.!!!
Moving poem, man.

Alex Hollings
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Alex Hollings

Thank you!

Mason
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Mason

Dammit Alex, are you just trying to make me love you because you resonate on all levels and invoke imagery of things that break our hearts? Hell man, I am a softie, and these poems by yourself and others clench my heart and bring me to tears. Glad you are here.

Alex Hollings
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Alex Hollings

Thanks brother!

Luke Ryan

Powerful stuff, Alex. That sounds like an immensely tough job, but guys like you are the ones who gave a couple of my friends great dignity in their burials. That’s something I will always appreciate.

Alex Hollings
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Alex Hollings

This hits me hard man. Thank you for that.

homanj1
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homanj1

Alex-As one of the original members of the Patriot Guard Riders which was founded by a high school classmate of my wife, I can say I have respectfully attended many funerals of our fallen young men. The ceremonies are surely sad and haunting, but at the same time beautiful. As a civilian, it was an honor to serve and support the families, but I admittedly got to a point I just couldn’t do it anymore. Thanks so much for writing this.

Alex Hollings
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Alex Hollings

I had some great experiences with the PGA during my time at 25th Marines (even joined the mailing list to know when/where you guys would be). Thank you for what you guys do!

homanj1
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homanj1

Thank you Alex. Unfortunately, Kansas is home to the Westboro Baptist Church, a blight on our state. So the PGR came to being at an American Legion Post in Mulvane, Kansas in response to their protests. Greg “EBay” Hansen (RIP) was one of the founders. He and I discussed some potential retaliation over a few beers at a high school reunion. Honestly, my suggestions were more violent and illegal……..

GsGirl
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GsGirl

Isn’t it the greatest thing, to welcome Alex here??? I am. elated! Just like welcoming Fru!!! What a gift !!!😆😆😆

GsGirl
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GsGirl

Oh my Gosh…it’s Alex. Thank you, God…and Luke, for bringing him here. I am elated. I can find peace on this website, now that I know 6, Luke, Sir Odyssean, Alex, Geo, Shooten, 256, Mic-Mac, Joni, and Tex3 are here.. And one can never forget Michelle and Yankee Papa. I am home.

JoniS
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JoniS

Wow Alex. Very beautiful and brought a few tears.

Susan B
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Susan B

Always ready and willing to serve…and, I’m sure, hoping it won’t be necessary. Beautiful, Alex.

Glad to see your work on here. Hope you and your beautiful family are well. I’m sure your daughter still has your heart ensnared in her little hands. 🙂

Miche
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Miche

Aww, Alex, the first thing I remember about you is writing about these funerals that you attended. It still tugs at my heartstrings. And it feels good to see you adding your creative stamp to this synergistic mix of stellar writers! Welcome home! <3

susanh
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susanh

That’s beautiful, Alex. Thank you. It’s wonderful to see you here.

georgehand
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A-Blast… you got mad skills, homes.
geo sends

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