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One Blue Star

Lawrence, Mindy Phillips

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ISBN 10: 0974565253 / ISBN 13: 9780974565255
Published by Red Engine Press, 2004
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Title: One Blue Star

Publisher: Red Engine Press

Publication Date: 2004

Book Condition:Good

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How lonely it must be when a loved one is overseas. How stressful! Every military family knows the stress and loneliness of having a loved one, be it son, daughter, husband or wife, away.

"ONE BLUE STAR", a book of poetry by Mindy Phillips Lawrence, herself a military mom, illustrates the loneliness and stress in words that must be read aloud.

In "The Soldier’s Wife", you will find a deep understanding of how a wife might feel when facing the stress.

She looks at her hand.
There’s a wedding ring,
With no husband attached.
She remembers a wedding night,
Then loneliness.

And in "Caissons" a mothers memories!

You used to play
With Tonka trucks.
Matchbox cars and John Deere tractors rolled
Across the bedroom floor.



Now you are grown.
Hummers and tanks growl
In the desert air.

The loneliness, the fear, the stress and the hope both for nation and for one mother, wife or child all come through in these poems. Yet there is hope for a world that finds itself in conflict. A thought provoking must read for everyone that enjoys the freedoms! It is a lesson for those of us that have never been there, an awakening for most, and a prayer for those that serve!

Some families are left alone,
War is like that.
But the prayer always is,
And always will be,
Please, God, let them all return.

~"The Return"

From the Inside Flap:

"As a veteran and psychotherapist I felt the emotions in this work. I am sure all who read it will feel touched emotionally, mentally, and even physically."


-- Gerald E. Hoeflein, (Major Ret.), M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Mindy Phillips Lawrence has woven, in both a poignant and compelling way, the hurt-of-the-heart as young ones depart, with dignity and honor, to serve our country and return as adults, forever changed.

Through moving and deeply sensitive writing, Lawrence captures the essence of the collective consciousness and becomes the voice for those who can't find the words to express what they feel.


-- Pat DeClue, Representative for ByLine magazine

American mothers, who fear for their offspring’s lives and the future conditions of those children’s souls, will find their voice in Mindy Phillips Lawrence’s One Blue Star. Lawrence.

Ruth Seaber, Professor Creative Writing, Mineral Area College, Park Hills, MO

One Blue Star is a window into the heart of a mother terrified for her children, in love with her country, at odds with her government and no longer willing to take anything at face value.   Deeply patriotic and moral, this book of verse explores the lunacy and sorrow of war from the point of view of a parent waiting for her boys to come home.  


- Joyce Faulkner, Author of Losing Patience

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