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  • Subhan Toba 2:43 pm on Monday, May 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Camp Pendleton Marine Corps, , Quang Tri Province,   

    For 40 years, Orem teacher wore bracelet with name of missing soldier 

    Shirley Esquerra put on the thin metal bracelet in 1970 and vowed not to take it off.

    She never has.

    The Orem elementary school teacher refused to remove the bracelet for sports, surgeries and even the delivery of a child. Doctors urged her to remove it while in labor, but she instead slipped it off wrist but kept it around her fingers.

    Last week, Esquerra sat in her wood-paneled living room lined with cowboy memorabilia and ran trembling fingers over the fading grooves in the band. The grooves spell out a name, the name of a man she never knew: Sgt. 1st Class Donald Shue. Soon, 41 years after she put it on, she’ll finally remove the bracelet.

    Shirley Esquerra wears a bracelet with the name of MIA soldier Sgt. Donald Shue.

    Donald Shue has come home.

    Shue was a member of a Special Forces reconnaissance patrol operating in Quang Tri Province near the Vietnam-Laos border on Nov 3, 1969. Enemy forces ambushed his patrol, forcing the team to leave behind three soldiers, including Shue, still wounded on the battlefield. Enemy presence and inclement weather prevented search teams from surveying the area.

    The U.S. Army declared Shue and others “missing in action.”

    During the Vietnam War, more than 2,600 soldiers were declared either prisoners of war or missing in action. More than 1,693 are still missing. The return of Shue’s remains add him to a list of 953 soldiers identified and returned home.

    Esquerra’s own husband was deployed to Vietnam in 1970. The couple first lived together at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in southern California and she watched soldiers in admiration as they prepared for war. She saw soldiers exude courage, but she knew something more. She knew they were scared.

    After her husband went to Vietnam, she moved to Arizona, where she discovered a program started by The National League of POW/MIA Families. The program issued bracelets to honor missing soldiers.

    Esquerra ordered a bracelet. The bracelet represented her commitment to Shue and other soldiers who had paid the ultimate price.

    “I didn’t do anything compared to what they have done,” Esquerra said. “I just put on the bracelet.”

    Organizers of the bracelet program urged wearers to be politically active on the issue of soldiers considered prisoners of war and missing in action.

    “We were supposed to, but I didn’t,” Esquerra said with a laugh. “I took it to a higher power because I figured He could do more than any politician could.”

    Shue’s older sister, was one of the first to find out about the return of Shue’s remains.

    “I couldn’t believe it,” Betty Jones said in a telephone interview from her home in North Carolina.

    When the Army contacted her to inform her of the discovery, Jones hung up on them. Army officials went to her home to show her some of Shue’s possessions they had recovered. She saw his “Zippo” lighter and knew it was her brother’s.

     
  • ndree 1:35 pm on Thursday, May 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hancurkan dan Lukislah Aku 

    Jika memandang saja sudah cukup

    Lalu takutkah kau untuk menyentuh

    Bagaimanapun sentuhan takkan mengubah

    Pelukan takkan menggugah

     

    Mungkin tangisan akan membuyarkan

    Menghancurkan..

    Mengosongkan..

     

    Dan kemudian, dimulailah lagi cerita baru

    Dilukiskan kembali coretan yang halus

    Sehingga suatu hari nanti aku menjadi lukisan baru

     
  • Subhan Toba 9:52 am on Monday, May 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    7 Jeda Keenam 

     

    ––

    Setelah kau membenciku
    Dan menistakan namaku
    Datanglah masa itu,
    Kau mencintaiku

    .-

    Dalam remang
    Kau menelengkan kepala
    Membisikkan desah
    Dan keringat manis timbul dalam udara berpendingin

    .-

    Kau memaki
    Menista kembali
    Dan tak putus mengingatku

    ..-.

    Dalam remang
    Kau cengkeram tanganku
    Entah mencegah
    Entah meminta

    -..

    Kau memaki
    Menista kembali
    Kali ini, kau mau sedikit mendengarkan

    ..

    Karpet merah terbentang
    Kau menista namaku penuh rindu
    Kau memaki penuh kagum
    Hati telah bersahutan
    Dan udara adalah cinta

    -.

    "Disebabkan salahku?
    Atau perasaanmu membiru?"
    Tanyamu sendu.

    "Perasaanku", jawabku

    "Ya, ya…"

    .-

     

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    May 16th, 2011, 09:53 am 
     
  • Subhan Toba 5:30 pm on Sunday, May 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Kadaluwarsa Kami, Kami Barang   

    Lagu Coro 

    Setelah begitu keras
    Hidup menerpa
    Kami menyimpulkan
    Tak ada benar dan salah,
    Hanya makan

    Anak adalah alat
    Jalanan adalah swalayan

    Kami hidup seperti kalian
    Punya rumah dan bisa makan
    Mencicil hidup yang layak

    Tapi tetap
    Anak adalah alat
    Dan jalanan adalah swalayan

    Belas kasih adalah komoditas,
    produk tanpa tanggal
    Kadaluwarsa

    Kami adalah kecoak
    Di kolong negerimu

     
  • Subhan Toba 5:28 pm on Sunday, May 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Kelewat Peduli 

    Baca satu tulisan blog kontributor lifehacker.com berjudul ‘how to not give a fuck’ cukup menggelitik penuhnya kepala gw dalam beberapa hari ini. Semakin seseorang fokus terhadap sesuatu, semakin tenggelam dia ke dalamnya, semakin intens, semakin tak tersentuh.

    Ya, tulisan itu membahas tentang hal umun yang seringkali menjadi kekhawatiran banyak orang. To be look bad.

    Orang beropini atas kita dan begitu juga kita atas mereka. Orang berusaha saling mempengaruhi, merasa bahwa mereka tahu solusi terbaik untuk orang lain. Dan tak terasa terlalu lama hidung kita nangkring di dapur orang lain sampai lupa dapur sendiri.

     
  • Subhan Toba 2:44 am on Thursday, May 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jawabmu Dan,   

    Anomali yang Menagihkan 

    “Kutegaskan, tak ada yang lain.”
    Kataku

    “Kutegaskan, akan ada yang lain.”
    Jawabmu

    Dan kita tersenyum

     
    • Kunyuk 9:19 pm on Friday, May 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wakakakaka Iya gw juga ikutan Ketawa dah eh tersenyum
      **garuk-garuk kepala

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