Don't Ask, Don't Tell

by Richard Harris Dec 13, 2008
(Jacksonville, FL, USA)

Through the years there are those who go unnoticed
Since if they're noticed, they're often crucified
They are thought by many to be unnatural
They are taught their feelings should be denied.

Don't ask if they're your brother or sister
Don't ask if they're someone you know
Don't tell if they ever helped you
Don't tell how they helped you grow.

Still they feel their feelings just as deeply
Each day as they search for happiness
And yes, their blood flows just as freely
When faced with life's tests.

Don't ask if they had someone to love them
Don't ask how they have hurt having to hide
Don't tell how many died serving their country
Don't tell if they never had time for goodbye.

As they grow, they have no one to turn to
For fear those they care about will leave
So with those who are closest to them
They learn quick how to deceive.

Don't ask how they feel about you
Don't ask how they finally came to know
Don't tell if you're afraid of them
Don't tell if you already know

Yet, when faced with all of life's tests
To acknowledge their love is not allowed
For to show that love is abnormal
And makes them a danger somehow

Don't ask if they had someone to love them
Don't ask if they ever had cause to cry
Don't tell how many loved their family
Don't tell how they worked to provide.

Many serve in the Navy
Army, Air Force, and Marines
While those of us who love them
Must stay unheard, unseen.

Don't ask if they ever felt lonely
Don't ask if they have reason to cry
Don't tell how many have gone missing
Don't tell how many have had to die.

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by: Lucy

nice poem very emotional

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