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  • The Hounds of Hell

    Happy birthday, Marines!
    In honor of our beloved Marine Corps birthday and now Veterans' Day, I'd like to share the following poem that I wrote.
    SF,
    Camille
    (aka YellowRose)


    THE HOUNDS OF HELL

    By Camille N. Nelsen


    The Hounds of Hell
    Used to wake him from his sleep

    The Hounds of Hell
    Were snarling at his feet

    The Hounds of Hell
    Stole his peace of mind

    The Hounds of Hell
    Were only Hounds of Time.

    The Time now past
    Would forever leave its mark

    The Time now past
    Burned its brand on his heart

    The Time now past
    No dimmer than before

    The Time now past
    Was once a day of War.

    The days of War
    Live vivid in his soul

    The days of War
    We forget as he grows old

    The days of War
    Haunt him as no other

    The days of War
    Turned strangers into brothers.

    Beside his Brothers
    They fought the Hounds of Hell

    Beside his Brothers
    Were stories they would tell

    Beside his Brothers
    War ravaged its ugly pain

    Without his Brothers
    He'd never be seen again.

    Never seen again
    No words are spoken here

    Never seen again
    He seemed to disappear

    Never seen again
    Until one day the Light

    Never seen again
    Until he left the Fight.

    The Fight long gone
    Took its toll in his eyes

    The Fight long gone
    Betrayed truth into lies

    The Fight long gone
    Grows weary with his hand

    The Fight long gone
    Screams silently, THE BAND.

    The Band once sealed
    The fate of Brotherhood

    The Band once sealed
    A time of greater good

    The Band once sealed
    Promises to be kept

    The Band once sealed
    Their weakness as they wept.

    The Weeping still
    Comes and goes as it pleases

    The Weeping still
    Only begs to find the reason

    The Weeping now
    Binds like no other

    The Weeping now
    Is amongst this Band of Brothers.

    The Band of Brothers
    Their stories fight to tell,

    The Band of Brothers
    Defeated
    The Hounds of Hell.
    Ad astra per aspera
    Damn proud Marine Wife

  • #2
    Extremely well composed

    Slick

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    • YellowRose
      YellowRose commented
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      Thank you, Slick! You and the guys are the inspirations behind this piece. Hope you are well! -Camille

  • #3
    Thank you Camille.
    Is that published ?
    I'd also be interested in the story behind it.
    READY - SQUAT THRUST - BEGIN

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    • YellowRose
      YellowRose commented
      Editing a comment
      Hi Dale, I apologize for not responding earlier!

      The poem is not published, but was read on the radio in Washington DC on Memorial Day by "The Voice of the Redskins". What an honor! The story behind it is that my dad was a pilot with HMM-265 during Vietnam and was a combat artist as well. I have a group of friends here at PAS, and all their stories led to my writings. I used to send out a monthly newsletter, so I wrote a lot. One day I felt the story coming to me and I sat on my back deck and listened as the spirit of Marines past whispered the words. I wrote the words as quickly as I could and to this day, it's still the best piece I've ever written.

  • #4
    Originally posted by YellowRose View Post
    Happy birthday, Marines!
    In honor of our beloved Marine Corps birthday and now Veterans' Day, I'd like to share the following poem that I wrote.
    SF,
    Camille
    (aka YellowRose)


    THE HOUNDS OF HELL

    By Camille N. Nelsen


    The Hounds of Hell
    Used to wake him from his sleep

    The Hounds of Hell
    Were snarling at his feet

    The Hounds of Hell
    Stole his peace of mind

    The Hounds of Hell
    Were only Hounds of Time.

    The Time now past
    Would forever leave its mark

    The Time now past
    Burned its brand on his heart

    The Time now past
    No dimmer than before

    The Time now past
    Was once a day of War.

    The days of War
    Live vivid in his soul

    The days of War
    We forget as he grows old

    The days of War
    Haunt him as no other

    The days of War
    Turned strangers into brothers.

    Beside his Brothers
    They fought the Hounds of Hell

    Beside his Brothers
    Were stories they would tell

    Beside his Brothers
    War ravaged its ugly pain

    Without his Brothers
    He'd never be seen again.

    Never seen again
    No words are spoken here

    Never seen again
    He seemed to disappear

    Never seen again
    Until one day the Light

    Never seen again
    Until he left the Fight.

    The Fight long gone
    Took its toll in his eyes

    The Fight long gone
    Betrayed truth into lies

    The Fight long gone
    Grows weary with his hand

    The Fight long gone
    Screams silently, THE BAND.

    The Band once sealed
    The fate of Brotherhood

    The Band once sealed
    A time of greater good

    The Band once sealed
    Promises to be kept

    The Band once sealed
    Their weakness as they wept.

    The Weeping still
    Comes and goes as it pleases

    The Weeping still
    Only begs to find the reason

    The Weeping now
    Binds like no other

    The Weeping now
    Is amongst this Band of Brothers.

    The Band of Brothers
    Their stories fight to tell,

    The Band of Brothers
    Defeated
    The Hounds of Hell.
    Very true...

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