The Poetry Corner featuring Ed Ireland

Good morning! Help me wecome Ed ireland and his poem, You Don’t Know Me, from his book, Forgotten Treasure, available on his website (Check links below).

You Don’t Know Me
By Ed Ireland (Forgotten Treasure)

You put yourself in danger
Risking all you have and more
But you don’t know me.
Who I am or what I do.
You don’t know anything about me.
My color or sex
My religion or political affiliation.
You don’t know if I support you
And what you do
Or if I protest against you
And those who order you to do the things you do.
You don’t know any of this
And yet you still risk your life for me.
It is because of you that poets can dream
And bankers can count their money
And teachers can teach
And different religions can flourish here.
It is because of you that protesters can speak
Loudly against you
And politicians can pass laws
That hurt you.
The same politicians who charged you this task.
You sleep in dirt at times
Or you don’t sleep at all for far too many hours
And eat food that most of us would throw away.
You walk in blazing heat
Sweltering humidity
Monsoon rains
Daytime, nighttime
Any time you are told to do so
You do all of this for me…
And you don’t even know me.
Thank you.

A heartfelt thank you to our Armed Forces both at home and around the world. In any country, in any language this poem is appropriate. The men and women who place themselves in danger so you don’t have to deserve your thanks. Offer it.

Awsome poem! Thank you for letting me share it, Ed, and thank you to any service members current or previous that read this. 🙂

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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2 Responses to The Poetry Corner featuring Ed Ireland

  1. edireland says:

    Thanks for choosing this one Ed. As a Veteran myself I find it almost comical if it were not so tragic, the way we are treated. Not even 3 weeks ago I sat and spoke with another Vet about where we were stationed in the war and what we did. My wife was standing in line waiting to get food and listened as the young man in front of her laughed at us and said how we must have enjoyed killing innocent people and burning their homes. Thankfully, she kept her composure as I had no bail money on me.
    Point is, even if you don’t agree with war (God knows I don’t), don’t blame the troops. They just follow orders and try to get through each day alive. And they do it so that some day some asshole with no concept of their lives can mock them. If that doesn’t call for some respect, I don’t know what does.

    • cpbialois says:

      You’re welcome, Ed. I totally agree. I’ll never understand the thought process behind people. A few years back when I was in retail, we had ribbon magnets in yellow and camouflage for sale.

      Some guy in his forties started lecturing me about how he would never support someone that killed another and laughed when I pointed out thousands of people died fighting for his right to say that.

      Unfortunately for him, a regular customer that’s former Special Forces was in front of him. The ex-soldier looked at him and smiled before leaving the store. The big mouth insulted him a few times for wearing camouflage then asked why I was laughing. His face went white when I told him the guy he just finished insulting was a former Green Beret. I hope he learned some respect after that. He never did come back to the store. lol

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