Don Bendell

Poet Laureate of the Rockies

 

Remember 9-1-1

I send you, God, my fine young son.
    He died in foreign lands.
He yelled, “Remember 9-1-1!”
    In blood-soaked desert sands.

 

He said he’d fight to conquer hate,
   
With Freedom at his side.
I knew my son had met his fate.
   
While cowards there still hide.

 

But, don’t you worry, Mighty Lord;
   
Another fine young man
Will take up my son’s shielded sword
   
And fight to save our land.

 

For we are stewards of your might,
   
Of freedom, hope, and love.
I swear we’ll not give up the fight,
   
You watch us from Above.

 

And when we bow on bended knee
   
To give you thanks and joy
For our eventual victory
Please hug my little boy.

 

 

 

 

Don Bendell served as a Special Forces Captain in Vietnam, and returned home to inspire a new generation with his writing.  Considered by many the Poet Laureate of the Rockies, he is author of numerous books including the popular COLT series.  A seventh degree black belt in four different martial arts, Don is a 1995 inductee into the International Karate Hall of Fame.

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