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    Today just before dawn I found myself at Helidon on the Warrego highway. I drove up the range road to Toowoomba and went to Picnic point to watch the sun rise. As I stood by the railings facing East, the first light of the coming dawn was bathing the underside of the distant cloud in a deep red that made it look like lava streams on some far volcano. The lockyer valley below was filled with cloud that hid the Homes and lesser hills from view. I hung my hat on a fence post, standing with just one stick in my left hand for support I saw the first deep red of the rising sun and saluted, holding it as the sun rose, remembering that it was 42 years since Clifford was pronounced dead. ( he would have turned 60 three days ago ) I replaced my cap, took my other stick and stepped back, an early morning walker, 40 something, commented on how beautiful the dawn was and I agreed, mentioning that I was here to remember those who were not here to see it, she asked if there was anyone in particular so I told here about Clifford dying so young and the circumstances of his passing. She said that it was good that we remembered still and that we all should remember those who did not come home, then she thanked me for sharing the memory with her and I thanked her for listening. We went our seperate ways, I felt that the trip up the mountain had been worthwhile and pondered the vagaries of life that made that person to be there just at that time to share a brief moment to remember Clifford and all those who fell in conflicts everywhere.
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    Absolutely beautifully written mate. So poetic and descriptive that it brought a tear to my old eye.
    Tell me though Spanner - did you do the nasty with her?

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    Someone hand me a stick. Admission, I had a tear in my eye when I was up the range and when I wrote the piece. ( p.s. ) NO, she was about the age of my daughter, mentally blocked.
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    Thanks for that Spanner, I could see every part of that morning through your words.

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    Rest in peace fellow Gunner.
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    Tommorow I will be up before sunrise to remember young Clifford again, we will not forget them.
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