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30 Jun 2017

Soldier's Love Token Poem

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Trench art is a term given to items that soldiers carve or make in their many hours on watch or otherwise practicing the art of war. Love tokens are coins that have been carved with initials and other things to express a person's love or affection for another.  Sometimes Trench Art and Love Tokens intersect. Here is a poem I wrote for independence Day.  Remember the soldier today, often far away from those he or she loves. 

Sometimes when the bullets fly

I pull out my knife.

This round is not for me.

A carvers dream this is not.

A normal artist could not perform

the duties called upon this soldier

every day.

But in the crazy hours

when my thoughts would wander

and my heart would thump

I carved this nickel piece

into an image of love.

Of the kind Raphael might speak.

For the sake of Venus,

the enchantment of the ages,

I give to you this token

of my affection.

I carved it when death was near

to remind me that life was also near.

A love token only for you.



Level 6

Beautiful poem. Really enjoyed it!

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

beautiful poem. and well said


Level 6

Very nice. Enjoy your writings!


Level 5

Nice original poem.


Level 7

Very well done.Impressive.


Level 6

That is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Mother had 2 bracelets given to her by her brother in WWII, carved from Australian coins. They were pictured in The Numismatist.

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