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  • A Soldier...Author Unknown...great piece

    A friend emailed me this poem yesterday and I think its a fantastic write...

    A SOLDIER DIED TODAY

    He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,

    And he sat around the Legion telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done

    in his exploits with his buddies;they were heroes every one.



    And tho'sometimes to his neighbours,his tales became a joke,

    All his legion buddies listened for they knew whereof he spoke.

    But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,

    And the world's a little poorer,for a soldier died today.



    He will not be mourned by many,just his children and his wife,

    For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.

    Held a job and raised a family quietly going his own way,

    And the world won't note his passing for a soldier died today.



    When politicians leave this earth their bodies lie in state,

    While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great;

    and papers their stories from the time when they were young

    But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.



    Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,

    A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?

    Or an ordinary fellow who,in times of war and strife

    Goes off to serv his country and offer up his life?



    A politicians stipend and the style in which he lives,

    Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary soldier who offered up his all

    is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension small.



    It's so easy to forget them for it was long ago

    That the Old Bills of our country went to battle,but we know

    it was not the politicians with their compromise and ploys;

    Who won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys.



    Should you find yourself in danger with your enemies at hand

    Would you want a politician with his ever shifting stand

    Or would you prefer a soldier who has sworn ro defend,

    His homehis kin and Country and would fight until the end



    He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin

    But his prescence should rtemind us as we may need his like again,

    For when countries are in conflict then we find the soldier part

    is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.






    She was not quite what you would call refined.
    She was not quite what you would call unrefined.
    She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.

  • #2
    How moving & how true!
    It seems fame and fortune are the new 'Gods' of our time while truely human deeds and altruism are worth so little. What a sad indictment of today's society.
    Jayne


    "One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star."

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    • #3
      Thanks for sharing that with us, very thought-provoking.

      Si.
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      Decorative Pyrography for all Occasions - Author of "Woodburning with Style" (2010) and "Learn to Burn" (2013)
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