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...

Submitted: October 08, 2016

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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…


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