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Verses & Poems

Verse 021

A VETERANS HOPE

by R. Craven  

 I hope there’s a place way up in the sky, 
Where veterans can go, when they have to die. 
A place where a guy can buy a cold beer, 
For a friend and comrade, whose memory is dear. 
A place where no doctor or lawyer can tread, 
Nor a veteran affairs type would ere be caught dead. 
Just a quaint little place, kind of dark, a little smoke 
Where they like to sing and have a good joke. 
The kind of place where a lady could go, 
And feel safe and protected by the men she would know. 
There must be a place where old vets go, 
When their pain is finished and their walk gets slow. 
Where the whiskey is old and once again we are young, 
And songs about war and comrades are sung. 
Where you see all the fellows you have known before and, 
They call out your name, as you come through the door. 
Who would buy you a drink, if your thirst should be bad, 
And say to the others "He was quite a good lad." 
And then through the mist, you spot an old guy, 
You have not seen in years and you realize the past has gone by. 
He would nod his head, and grin from ear to ear, 
And say "Welcome buddy, I’m pleased that you’re here, 
For this is the place where veterans come. 
When their journey is over and the war has been won." 
They’ve come here to be happy and get a good rest, 
This is heaven, my son…you’ve passed your last test.

Verse 022

“For everything there is a season
And a time for every matter under heaven”
From the Tree of Life
Each leaf must fall....
The green, the gold, the great, the small
Each one in God’s own time he’ll call
With perfect love he gathers all.

Verse 023

“We seldom ask for miracles.
But today just one would do,
To have the front door open
And see you walking through.
A million times we’ve missed you.
A million times we’ve cried.
If we could have saved you,
You would never have died.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a memory,
No one can fill.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.”

Verse 024

Gone is the face we loved so dear,
Silent is the voice we loved to hear;
Too far away for sight or speech
but not too far for thoughts to reach.

Verse 025

Should you go first and I remain
to walk the road alone,
I’ll live in memory’s garden, dear,
with happy days we’ve known.
In spring I’ll wait for roses red,
when faded, the lilacs blue,
In early fall when brown leaves fall,
I’ll catch a glimpse of you.
Should you go first and I remain
for battles to be fought,
Each thing you’ve touched along
the way, will be a hallowed spot.
Ill hear your voice, I’ll see your smile,
tho blindly I may gape,
The memory of your helping hand,
will busy me on with hope.
Should you go first and I remain
one thing I’ll have you do; 
walk slowly down that long, long path
for soon I’ll follow you.
I want to know each step you take
so I may take the same.
For some day down that lonely road,
you’ll hear me call your name.

Verse 026

Tighten up the family circle,
Buckle down and make some plans,
Keep in touch with one another,
Take the time and love again,
Once we leave a family circle,
Seems we tend to drift apart,
But we never lose the feelings
That connect us at the heart.
Send some roses to your Mama,
Thank your Dad for all he’s done,
Go see your sisters and your brothers,
And thank God you’ve got someone.
Don’t sit and wait for an invitation,
Or ‘til one of you is gone.
It’s hard to say “I love you”
To a name carved on a stone.

Verse 027

God saw you getting tired,
The cure was not to be.
So He closed His arms around you
And whispered “Come with me.”
You suffered much in silence
Your spirit did not bend
You faced your pain with courage
Until the very end.
You tried so hard to stay with us
Your fight was all in vain
God took you to His loving Home
And freed you from all of your pain.
Never does a day go by
That I don’t think of you
A lump forms deep within my chest
And tears begin to flow
So many times I’ve needed you
To talk, to share, to laugh.
If love could have saved you;
You never would have died.

Verse 028

To Those  I Love And Those Who Love Me
When I am gone, release me, let me go.
You have so many things to see and do.
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears.
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love.  You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it’s time I travelled on alone.
So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far, for life goes on.
So if you need me, call and I will hear.
Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near...
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All of my love around you, soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and say
“Welcome Home”

Verse 029

Beyond Life’s Gateway
There’s an open gate
at the end of the road
Through which each must go alone,
And there in a light we cannot see
Our Father claims His own-
Beyond the gate, his loved one
Finds happiness and rest,
And there is comfort
in the thought
That a loving God knows best.

Verse 030

Miss Me - But Let Me Go
“When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no tears or gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little - but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love we all shared,
Miss me - but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone
It’s all part of the Master’s plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart
See family and friends we know
Take time to heal, tho’ we must part
Miss me - but let me go.”