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spacer.gif   John Martinez
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 03:45 PM
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Poetry:  Click On The Author's Name Clark & Devon

Some nights have been better than this
A perfect kiss no one will ever see
As tears run slowly run down your cheek
After waiting for so long to feel loved again

Friends to share moments together
A little money in your pocket
Perfect notes sung between two lovers in a sweaty happy slumber
Resting in a warm bed on a cold night

Quiet streets and quieter snowy nights deceive
Life isn't easy
Turn on the TV around 5pm
For a recap of our mutual destruction

Until then, we still can smile so oblivious to the pain
Hear the stale jokes and laugh anyway
We can put past being so critical of what we can say or do
Diversity is still no excuse to be an asshole

I've tried to be the one who looks past all the bullshit and still survive
Have a beer, and have no fear
We're not all dead
Yet.



WE'RE NOT HEROES

dedicated to all firefighters everywhere, from a firefighter

We get up early in the morning
Some of us drink coffee, some of us tea
Some don't think about what might happen, some still get a little bit nervous
We make our way from where we slept

Some of us sneak a last kiss good-bye to a sleepy spouse
Wanting to stay home, but remembering our duty as
We get into cars, trucks, buses and trains In the summer, in the winter, the snow and rain
When we walk though the door, we have to be ready to go

We're there for 24 hours, day to night to day
No going home until the next morning
We're here to face it, come what may
During the day there is a routine

We clean up around the house, we try to keep the humor light
Deep down inside, we want what's called a 'shutout'
No fires, no deaths, and we all go home safe
Some of us workout, some of us smoke

We call home, or sometimes home calls us
We read the papers, we watch the news
We like to know that life still moves on
Some days we're out all day and night

Some days we wonder where the action is
Between the highs and lows there is just each other
This is our firehouse, and we have to trust in one another when the signal rings
And when the run comes, and they say the flames are blowing out the window

We think to shut off our emotions as we race from our warm place
To run into something other people know better to run away from
We know we have to fight, and we always fight to win
We do what we've been trained to face, we stand and face the beast

Some of us get the best of it, and some of us don't There are warriors in the conflagration who sometimes fall
There are burned faces, singed necks and so much worse
Sometimes one or more of us doesn't make it back at all

We pull our own from the smoky rubble, and try to do this alone
Away from the cameras and the 'glory' they paint us with
We bury our own too, in the winter or summer, snow or rain
There may be one less to battle it tomorrow

But we will all still be there, 24 hours a day
They say we're heroes, but I'm not really too sure I think so
We have to face it cause it's what we are
We walk right into the middle of someone else's misery

You ask any of us, and we'll tell you
Some of the veterans say
'This is the last job you'll ever have,' but also
'This is the greatest job you can ever have.'


 
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