AFTER COMBAT

In the islands, after combat, fortunate to meet

Mario, a very unusual man.

Visited me oft at the base where conversation

Invariably drew others, as conversation can!

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Soon 3 beds were full as interest grew

Inevitably!  So colorful!

His presence and our communication, avidly

As colorful and interests full!

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Then we heard his piano arrangements given

In a stadium, one clear night

Free!  Colorful and masterful the presentation,

A concert pianist delight!

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But one uneventful evening before lights out sounded

Our conversation suddenly turned

When fellow Filipinos he mentioned as, Pions

Simply I said, “Repeat, please.”

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Then clearly, loudly the repetition sounded

These Pions  so ignorant!

“Get out!  Leave me!”  I hissed quietly

I knew many, His countrymen!

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And appreciated their consistency in

Applauding his efforts with

Reutterance of one word repetition!

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Again and again the cry, repetition

Loudly shouted above

Any other sound, of course, repetition!

This pianist, they loved!

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But Pions, he called them!  Sure not talented

And not like himself, important!

If only they knew how he felt about them!

If only they felt true deportment!

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Again and again shouted repetition sounded

Acknowledging pianist perfection!

How could they not sense from his attitude

His complete rejection! (?)

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Surely not appreciatively acknowledging

Their grand praise of his efforts,

Instead rather haughty pronouncement of his feelings,

“Pions cannot afford my efforts.”

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Did Jesus, Lord, our maker, defender,

Did He not love the very least?

Did He not love very least of us all?

In fact for us, least, love increased!

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Thank God!

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Sam I am!  01.16.12

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