Toy Soldiers

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic

One of my maternal great-uncles, who I hold dear now as I did then and a moment in time which to this day - is so vivid...

From the Mind of Doc
(Toy soldiers,  a child’s battlefield on top my grandparents cellar)
The trenches are dug. The soldiers are within, row after row.
“Boom!” sounds the artillery. “Rat a tat, tat, tat…” sounds the machine guns.
“Forward! Fire! Onward!” are the shouts in my imagination…
A shadow darkens my imagined battlefield.
He stands there, my great-uncle, a veteran of the “War to End all Wars”.
Silently watching a young boy play…
A tear slowly slides down his unshaven face,
As perhaps, in a memory, he returns once again to a day, a place, “over there”
When, unlike my imagined battle, it was real…

Submitted: October 09, 2016

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Mel Malo

I love how you captured the emotional atmosphere of the whole room.

Sun, October 9th, 2016 12:53pm


Your comments are sincerely appreciated. There are times when I "go back", that I have to sit and ponder... until I can get it "just right."
Thank you,
Doc Martin

Sun, October 9th, 2016 12:18pm

moa rider

Hi Doc, the innocence of the young and the experience of the old. You describe it well. Usianguke

Sun, October 9th, 2016 7:43pm


Hello and thank you for your words.

A very young lad I was during the point in time of which I wrote...

My great-uncles face, I still see - and that tear...

Regards, Doc

Sun, October 9th, 2016 2:08pm

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