A Distant Voice

  1. The sands are blowing wildly
    As I write this letter home
    In all my years upon this Earth...
    I've never felt so all alone...

    Protesters marching through your streets
    Say we're not needed here...
    But, if they could see the things we've seen,
    The message would be clear!

    A madman has this world enslaved,
    Starving and imprisoned...
    The marchers wouldn't wait a day
    Before changing their position

    No one wants to have a war...
    No one wants to die...
    But if these people could be free
    They'd live lives undeprived

    There are the times throughout your life
    When things are hard to swallow...
    But, you toughen up, and do what's right
    And pray for what may follow

    For all the soldiers over here
    It breaks our hearts to see,
    Free people in America...
    Who don't want these people freed

    History has taught us all
    That Freedom is precious stuff...
    It's also shown that in gaining it
    The price paid has been tough

    So, please go let those marchers know
    They could lose their freedom, too...
    If it were not for the soldiers
    Doing what they do

    They must learn that things worth having,
    Are worth what must be spent...
    And those of us sent here to fight
    Know what our forefathers meant!

    We are proud to be Americans
    People died to set us free...
    And we will do the same for those
    Who suffer helplessly...

    So, if you want to go protest...
    Protest against madmen,
    Who kill, and maim, and trod upon...
    Those weaker, by far, than them

    Send out a message loud and strong...
    Shout, "We won't stand for it!"
    Terrorism, dictatorship...
    We must put an end to it!

    Now, as the sand blows wildly,
    And we face another day...
    All our men and women here
    Will bow our heads to pray.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   suzy253
    Beautiful...as usual...coming from you Fran.
  4. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from suzy253
    Beautiful...as usual...coming from you Fran.
    Thank you, Suzy. The best part though, is it's really true, and I feel sooo bad for President Bush. The poor man did give a speech way back when the twin towers were attacked, telling us all, as he stood on a pile of rubble with his arm around a firefighter, that this war was going to be a very lengthy and a different type of war. His words seem to have fallen on deaf ears. How very sad. There are many Americans who are still loyal to their country, and what it really means to be free, and that we are willing to lay down our lives if freedom can be preserved. Unfortunately, too many have become shortsighted, and have lost that vision, and live only in the present where self gratification rules.
  5. by   suzy253
    Fran...I totally agree with you and can only say:

    Lest we forget


    Maybe people need to visit this website and jarr their memory:
    http://www.fire-dept.net/9-11/

    I also have a memory bracelet (similar to the POW bracelets of days gone by) for Fire Lt. Vincent Giammona who was last seen in the North Tower of the WTC. His remains were never found...totally vaporized.

    I lived in NY at the time and was only about 25 miles away. I will never, ever forget the fear, the emotions, our WTC towers crumbling. People holding hands and jumping--it was their only option. It will live with me forever.

    And I praise all the veterans. My Dad was a survivor or WWII and was stationed in Pearl Harbor. People forget what was sacrificed for the freedom of our country.

    I'm very sad.
  6. by   suzy253
    another picture....click to enlarge to see
  7. by   Deb123j
    Sometimes don't ya just wanna smack the people who are putting President Bush down??? I'd like to see what they'd do in his position or worse yet Clinton or Kerry! It's terrible to hear about the soldiers who have lost their lives, but it's also terrible to hear how some people live in other countries without freedom!!! :angryfire I wish all people would treat others as they want to be treated!!!

    Thanks to all of our soldiers - FREEDOM WILL RING!!!!!
  8. by   FranEMTnurse
    Suzy Thank you so much for that link. I lived in Manhattan near Central Park West in 1967. My husband was a painter, and he worked on scaffolds. He had a scaffold accident, and is why we moved away. But I was born in upper New York state, and lived there most of my life. I moved to PA in 2-1996.

    Deb Yes! I hate their short-sighted ignorance, and their live for the thrill of the moment lifestyles. It sooo reminds me of how society acted during the Vietnam War. Only that war was one that LBJ got us into, and he didn't have the foresight that President Bush has. In fact, it was he who created the quote: "New Morality?" Yeah, right!!! I called it the beginning of the new immorality.
  9. by   DawnEyes
    I hold an endless amount of sympathy for those that lost their lives in the attacks, and their families.

    However, I have to respectfully disagree that President Bush was correct in his actions concerning invading Iraq. I could explain my reasoning here until I'm blue in the face, but I don't want to start an old-fashioned mudsling. I just simply disagree. I'm not out marching or screaming and shouting, but I will show my disagreement come election time in November.

    I've been to two funerals for men from my husband's active duty unit. I worry myself sick about him, as I worry about all of the men and women over there. I pray for all of them and their families. I believe American people are getting murdered in Iraq for unjustified reasons. (Don't mistake me...I agree with going after any Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. And I think we should be nosing in Saudi Arabia as well, but that's neither here nor there.)

    I just wish that everyone would realize that we are all seperate individuals with different backgrounds that spawn an endless amount of views on what's going on. Continually shouting back and forth why one side is right and the other is not gets pretty darn redundant after a while. It would be nice to see two 2004 presidential candidates that would agree to disagree, stop flicking boogers at one another, and get on with what strengths they feel they can (and will) bring to American leadership.
  10. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from DawnEyes
    I agree with going after any Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. And I think we should be nosing in Saudi Arabia as well, but that's neither here nor there.)

    I just wish that everyone would realize that we are all seperate individuals with different backgrounds that spawn an endless amount of views on what's going on. Continually shouting back and forth why one side is right and the other is not gets pretty darn redundant after a while. It would be nice to see two 2004 presidential candidates that would agree to disagree, stop flicking boogers at one another, and get on with what strengths they feel they can (and will) bring to American leadership.
    I get the picture. Good post.

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