A Buddy Died

Buddy And MeThey pounded their Tridents onto the coffin.


A new flag in Arlington.

A folded one handed to a wife.

A mother’s hand on her shoulder.

Kids dressed up.

Buddies at attention.

Fingers pulling triggers, jarring the still.


Buddies are important.

They offer their lives as protection.

I swam with some.

One was my Golden Retriever.

His name was “Buddy”.

We lost him last night.

This is Love.


Chris Bent, former Navy SEAL UDT-21, is the author of 11 books. Troubled by all the pain and injustice in the world he is driven to write in brief chapters that touch universal truths. Helping us search and find where we are meant to go. Helping us make a difference. Helping us not to quit. Hopefully.

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