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Pulborough , West Sussex
United Kingdom

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Posted - 03/04/2010 :  10:34:21  Show Profile  Visit AspiringPoet1's Homepage Send AspiringPoet1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is really the first time for a very old ex-soldier to be amongst his own sort in a kind and gentle way, AND as one other member wrote, the joy and friendly sharing of our poems and thoughts.....Thank you all!



Edited by - AspiringPoet1 on 04/07/2010 08:35:20


Oswestry Shropshire.
United Kingdom

2073 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  14:49:26  Show Profile  Visit taffy's Homepage Send taffy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello, I would just like to echo your words, so true, and i also thank you all. taffy
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Peter Southern

United Kingdom

1813 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  16:38:30  Show Profile  Visit Peter Southern's Homepage Send Peter Southern a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is my place of safety


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Edited by - Peter Southern on 03/04/2010 22:41:22
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Tom Mcgreevy

Ex-English Army ( Ex-pat Geordie ), Berkshire
United Kingdom

4098 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  17:12:44  Show Profile  Visit Tom Mcgreevy's Homepage Send Tom Mcgreevy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And mine. Like Peter I don't like time to think and brood. We like to keep busy, and this is truly our place of safety and Sanctuary


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United Kingdom

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Posted - 03/04/2010 :  22:25:47  Show Profile  Visit janhedger's Homepage  Send janhedger an AOL message Send janhedger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
With beautiful words, humour and friendship to boot! FLOW has also been my teacher for 3 years, grateful pupil,

We cannot stop, because if a single one of these men were taken and shot, that would be our fault - Edith Cavell
http://www.janscreativewriting.co.uk/ -updated Aug 17 - with new poems/photo's - video interviews - see PowerPoint slide shows, audio files & my books.
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United Kingdom

205 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  23:41:33  Show Profile  Visit shrubshall's Homepage Send shrubshall a Private Message  Reply with Quote
With Peter & Tom standing shoulder to shoulder
Their friendship they enhance
For they are an example of Brothers in Arms
Against whom their demons have no chance
For it's here where they meet in sanctuary
To fight their common cause
And rid their souls of the demons within
And it 's only when they pause
To reflect on the life that has passed them now
'tho some of the memories may still remain
Until they finally purge their souls
And their former Happy lives regain.
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United Kingdom

1648 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2010 :  10:47:23  Show Profile  Visit Mac's Homepage Send Mac a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lovely words all and a most fitting piece from Dennis too.

I am now far busier than I ever used to be which helps spend the spare time so Peter's "Place of safety" rings very true for me too. I feel very safe here, cared for and one of the lads again.
Thank you all.

Dream, Hope, Believe, Do
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Chris Green

United Kingdom

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Posted - 05/05/2010 :  14:08:58  Show Profile  Visit Chris Green's Homepage Send Chris Green a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Service personnel work towards targets and goals; this site is the same as we have been used to during service.

There is a tendency to think that one's life has stopped and done a 180 degree turn when we leave our service family (in my case it was a regimental one - The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars).

In many ways our travels from childhood to teenager and then, at 18 usually, we joined up as callow, wet-behind-the-ears children and learned very quickly about growing up and becoming an adult.

There is a different philosophy for the individual in the services, the team and the goal come first and one's individual needs come a long way second.

For me service gave me my lifetime motto - 'Service before Self', which is also the motto of The Royal British Legion, which is my second home as a civilian and ex-serviceman.

The man who was once-a-soldier has continued to grow, though I am still the aggressive young man who signed his name on the line because he wanted to make his parents happy and who was very naive about what that signature really meant.

I do not return for Regimental re-unions because I have changed very much from how I was 30 years ago and many who go have never grown beyond their time as service personnel.

Yet it is still an anchor and a place of safety in my heart and mind.

Chris Green

Service before self

'A Poppy in My Buttonhole' available now SEE:

My next book will be "The Crcodile Chronicles" and is projected to be launched 2015 or a quarter past eight in time for Christmas.
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