My Left Foot

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My Left Foot

I can talk and walk and look like everyone
else,  but my left foot is fake, covered
with socks shoes and long pants. I’ve got
used this over the last 20 years. But
there were times when I had some fears.
During the war, my company advanced on a
grassy slanted slope against mortars and
machine gun nests hidden in the brush.
A friend and soldier next to me fell, instantly
lifeless,  with a pinned grenade in his
right hand. I crouched down, grabbed and
unpinned the grenade and through it at the
machine gun.The weapon had killed two of
the enemy,and for a split second the bullets
stopped.
I got up, aimed my rifle and started shooting,
but I fell down again. Another machine gun
had cut through my uniform and boots and
severed my left foot as quickly as a butcher
with a sharp cleaver.  I got a new foot, along
with a Silver Star, Purple Heart, and a unit
citation for our bravery that day.  I wonder
why I am alive today,   I said I would defend
this country with my life, and instead  just
gave up my left foot.

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