Walter This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   He lives an empty life yet everyone knows him.

A crooked rusty silver cane,

Probably because it rained hard that year.

One torn shirt and a single pair of pants,

Probably because his other belongings were stolen.

A weather-beaten knapsack,

His prize possession for only he knows what's inside.

He walks alone, all by himself.



Cars drive by screaming and shouting.

"Walking Walter" is what the town calls him.

"Need a lift?" sarcastically yells a passerby.

He knows not what he did wrong,

rather knows what he did right,

Fought honorably for the country he loved.



And now because of his bravery,

he is left with nothing but his knapsack.

"Old Glory you've failed me now!"

He sometimes talks to himself when he gets lonely.



His courage, his determination, his love,

All nothing!

And now "Walking Walter,"

Walks alone, all by himself.




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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DearMissWhite said...
Apr. 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm
I really like this!  My favorite line is "He knows not what he did wrong, rather knows what he did right"  This really shines a light on veterans and what some of them have to endure when they get home (I assune that's what this is talking about). It made me tear up a little. :)
 
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