Just A Common Soldier

Discussion in 'Writing' started by janeeng, Nov 28, 2003.

  1. janeeng

    janeeng Guest

    I didn't write this, but I wanted to share what I found about a common soldier!!!!

    He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion telling stories of his 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 the soldier died today.
    He won't be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
    For he lived an ordinary, quick and uneventful life
    Held a job and raised a family,
    quietly going his own way
    And the world won't note his passing, tho' 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,
    Papers tell their life stories from the time that they were young,
    But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

    In the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
    One guy breaks his promises and cons his fellow man
    But the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country and offers up his life.

    A politician's 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 so 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 to defend
    His home, his kin and country and would fight right to the end?

    He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin
    But his presence should remind us we may need his likes again.
    For when countries are in conflict then we find the soldier's part
    Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
    If we cannot do him honour while he's here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days
    Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
  2. amish1

    amish1 Guest

    Awesome poem. Very, very true.
  3. Phoenix

    Phoenix Guest

    Wow! What a great poem! Thanks for sharing it...reminds me of an old soldier whose passing last year, I still lament.

  4. janeeng

    janeeng Guest

    Gotta agree with you there Phoenix! and welcome to the board!

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