Fame’s fickle hand

Four men on a deadly shore
That holds much blood & yells for more
Strangers in another’s land
To fight & die for hot , black sand

Plucked from battle’s heated woe
Ordered home – so back they go.
Not for bravery or skill
They just set a pole upon a hill

How dare I walk, & breathe & live
When better men who had much more to give
Lie as forgotten dust in a deadly land
Which I left by Fame’s fickle hand

A warrior finds it hard enough
To live thru battles hardened stuff
War will never let him be
When in his turmoiled dreams he’ll see
Death & dying, endlessly

Fame’s fickle hand

chris51

Sunbury, Australia

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Artist's Description

The photo of the raising of the American flag upon Mt Kirabachi at Iwo Jima has a multitude of stories attached to it.The survivors of the flag raising photo did not do well. They raised it as they knew that it was an important thing for the morale of those fighting & dying below them. It was both a sign that the battle had reached a certain point of success & a goad to other soldiers to continue.
The survivors of the flag raising photo were sent back home & were greeted as heroes. They hated it. They did not think they had done anything special when those who died had given more than them.
They felt guilty for surviving. When the battle was over & the war finished they realised that their actions had encouraged more men to fight & die.
Many people have an ambition for fame but do not understand it.
I had my 15 minutes of fame once & hated it.
Fame is fickle, dangerous & intrusive. It takes more than it gives. Use it wisely.

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