Lives Shattered

admin | | Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

I wrote this poem shortly after Rhys was killed, my mind was going a thousand miles a minute and I just needed to get my thoughts on paper.

Lives shattered
Fragments scattered
Dreams like vapor
Float away
Hope eternal
Staggers blindly
Seeking reasons to go on

The soldier strong
The soldier proud
In an instant
He is gone
Mission completed
Standing down
Broken glory now called home

Life crumbles
Sadness profound
In a blink
We stagger to stand
Questions, more questions
How can it be
Why young ones, Why not me

Looking up
Seeking His face
Remember the promise
Glory and grace
Call His name
Reach deep in faith
Resting, believing, knowing he’s safe

Broken bones
Not the living
Dirt yields no man
He walks worthy
Now among angels
Servant’s work done
Safe until meeting together again


  1. I’m speechless. That is very heart touching.

    Comment by Jordyn Prather — May 14, 2009 @ 7:02 am

  2. Rhys was so beautiful. I can’t read everything as it is so close to my own heart. Very touching. I need to add things to Spencer’s memorial pages like you have done for Rhys.I will pass this along as I know Patriot Guard Riders will appreciate it. Job well done for a son who did his job for our freedom. Love you both and thank you for sharing your son’s life with me. I bet he knows Spencer in Heaven. They are watching out for us all.
    Bridget Madison
    Gold Star Mom

    Comment by Bridget — June 29, 2009 @ 7:30 am

  3. SGT Rhys Klasno is often thought of by my unit. I was the OIC of a US Navy unit deployed to Al Asad, Iraq from JAN-AUG 2007. I never knew him personally unfortunately, yet never had someone touch us like he did. The Soldiers from the 1114th TC showed us the meaning of honor and how the Army units are a team/family and will forever be. To this day I remember the Soldiers Tribute at the memorial service in Al Asad; SFC Thomas, SGT Finney, SPC Marino, and SPC Fraire. Our prayers continue and will always for SGT Klasno’s, his family and friends. June 6, 2013

    Comment by LCDR Chris Koprivec — June 6, 2013 @ 4:56 am

  4. Beautiful!

    Comment by Judge Wilde — August 6, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

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