Symbolic Protection by Christine King

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The two roses represent my two brothers who were both deployed to the Middle East at the same time. One to Afghanistan the other to Iraq. Both are now home safe and sound, but both due to deploy again in January to Iraq.

My Brothers…

Soldiers both, standing tall

Fighting in the desert for Freedom’s Call.

Mountains loom in the landscape dense,

while bullets and IEDs rumble, thunder, and dispense.

My Brothers…

Proud, loving, and there…

While I, your sister, patiently wait

for you here.

Safe and sound sleeping in my bed,

dreams and memories of you both,

run rampant through my head.

Of times when we were younger…

of growing up.

Good times…

bad times they get all mixed up.

My Brothers…

I miss you so very much.

I worry about your safety

from dawn ’til dusk.

© 2008 Christine King


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  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful work

  • Thank you for your comment. This was is a photo from my heart, dedicated to all the service men and women, past and present…my they be protected and returned to the ones they love, safely.

    – Christine King

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...almost 6 years ago

    awesome work!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Jeffrey, thank you for your comment. This is a photo that has a very symbolic meaning for me. While my brothers were in harms way I prayed daily for their safe return. I was granted my prayers…and as they get ready to deploy once again, I decided to create a photograph that would somehow symbolize my prayer for them to take with them into battle. I dedicated this photo not just to my brothers, but to all the service men and women, past and present…may they be protected and returned to the ones they love safely.

    – Christine King

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 5 years ago

    What a wonderful tribute to your brothers! I pray God’s hedge of protection around them while they are so bravely serving our country.

  • Thank you Marie, for such a wonderful comment. I, too, pray for God to hold them(all of our brave solders) safely in his hands while they are over there serving…fighting in this war.

    – Christine King

  • Mishka Góra
    Mishka Góraover 5 years ago

    Lovely image – very evocative!

  • Thank you!!

    – Christine King

  • Lisa  Weber
    Lisa Weberover 5 years ago

  • Wow! I just wanted to say thank you so much for the feature. I am sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you. But I wanted you to know that I am honored to have this featured. Thank you again!

    – Christine King

  • CJLappin
    CJLappinover 5 years ago

    Very inspirational, gives hope.

  • I am so glad that you find this hopeful as well as inspirational. Thank you for taking the time to look at my work and leave an encouraging comment. :)

    – Christine King

  • AutumnLeaves
    AutumnLeavesover 5 years ago

    i think that’s really beautiful christine. both the photo and the poem. ;-) please thank your brothers for me, for serving our country and tell them i said welcome home. god bless them and you. ~autumnleaves

  • I will definitely pass on your thank yous. I appreciate you taking the time to look at, read, and leave a comment for my work. I am glad that you liked it. Thank you! :)

    – Christine King

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