A brief firemans lament....inspired by Hawkeye  

dubdub1970 46M
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4/6/2006 1:50 pm

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5/6/2006 3:47 am

A brief firemans lament....inspired by Hawkeye


Today I read Hawkeyes verse about being a solider and I have to say that it was very well written.......As some of you know I am a fireman and have been for 14 years - As a rule I wouldnt make an issue about it simply because I want people to like me for who I am not what I do to pay the mortgage.......If people judge me on my job then quite simply Im not interested in that crap.....a job is a job.....simple - That being said Im proud to be a fireman

In my time I have seen countless deaths....have carried out the charred remains of the human carcass...who earlier had been living warm human beings.......cradled the warmth of a baby....in its rug........its tiny lungs filled with smoke.......who was never destined to be in this world...its features unmarked...its soul departed...its beauty untainted...its soulless eyes fixed on a far off point that we can never see...its tiny pain unimagined......I have seen the joy in parents,grandparents,friends eyes when their loved ones are saved...the inexpressable joy of parents who cradle their baby,child,teenager,son or daughter in their arms....the tearful smile of thanks when none is due...when all their hopes and dreams seemed shattered not so long before.......a house burnt to the ground...but the human spirit unbroken.....the tears of joy...of sorrow...and my tears for those who have been saved when all seemed lost.......the tears I have shed for a 6 week old child who left us....the tears for the waste of life and senseless tragedy.....the tears of despair for the child who asks where her daddy or mammy or brother or sister are...a childs teddy barely singed.......when the gift of life is lost

At the end of the day....when the shift is over...reports written and filed....doctor seen and duties completed......I thank God I and my colleagues have survived....I thank God for those who have been saved......I pray to God for those that didnt make it.......that they may find peace in heaven.......I thank God that I have been given the ability to do what I do....

I think myself lucky that......having seen the unimaginable suffering and the never ending joy of life saved and renewed........that I am a fireman.........and proud to be one.......

....and that God willing I will do it all over again tomorrow

(with thanks to Hawkeye for his inspiration....)

dubdub1970 46M

4/8/2006 2:11 pm

Thank you for that message heavenly.....much appreciated xx


rm_gata11459 57F
10597 posts
4/10/2006 5:23 am

dubdub.. that brought tears to my eyes.. thank you xoox gata

Peace xxx K


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