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 The Thirty Eighth Parallel Mark_Spencer        (More) 3/3/2015
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The Thirty Eighth Parallel

Standing on a riverbank,
He looked at his reflection.
And what he saw staring back,
Defied his recollection.

The eyes caught him by surprise,
Like gazing at empty space.
For his eyes had seen too much,
Since arriving in that place.

The boy he’d been was absent,
A casualty of this hell.
He was lost somewhere across,
The thirty eighth parallel.

They had battled back and fourth,
'Cross that unforgiving line.
So many soldiers fallen,
Some he had to leave behind.

We stopped them at Bloody Ridge,
Though our loss of life was great.
More were killed at Heartbreak Ridge,
Because Byers couldn’t wait.

They called it a fiasco,
Hundreds of warriors dead,
We took the ridge, not knowing,
Triangle Hill lay ahead.

It was no place for children,
Virtue could never survive.
Those who clung to principals,
Did not make it home alive.

The soldiers who did return,
Were never completely whole.
None could go where they had gone,
Without damaging the soul.

They left a part of themselves,
In that harsh Korean hell.
Innocence was lost across
The thirty eighth parallel.

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