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For My Scouts

I have built a house within my heart

where all of my deceased Highland Scouts live.

The house is a permanent home, built on stilts,

though the windows are draped in black

and the tenants are never coming back.

Grief is mine…and I am selfish…

I hoard their memories with relish.

Inside are stored essences of each

...of good times and bad

of all the things that have been.

I can lift the curtains when I am lonely

and they all laugh and live again…

Many of my Scouts have lived there a

long time…with a Black Panther

painted upon their doors.

Inside I can hear their laughter

and my tears fall upon the floor…

Charles Schwiderski
West Fargo, ND

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