A Soldier Died Today

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by CA357, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    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 once 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 neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew where of he spoke.

    But we'll hear his tales no longer,
    For ol' Joe has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer
    For a Soldier died today.

    He won't be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.
    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his 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 of their life stories
    From the time that they were young
    But the passing of a Soldier
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Some jerk who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician's stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often 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 is 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 really want some cop-out,
    With his ever waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Soldier
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Soldier,
    Who would fight until 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,
    We find the Soldier's part
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    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 the paper that might say:

    "OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
    A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."
     
  2. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Amen CA357... Amen

    Tack

     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Yeah, my damn allergies act up every time I read it.
     
  4. igo205mph

    igo205mph New Member

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    Hell yeah. (Damn allergies)
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    thank you CA357. honestly, the truth of it brought a tear to my eyes.

    we honor celebrities, more so than the men who have given service to our own country. that's a shame.
     
  6. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    I got something in my eye, too.
     
  7. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    When a soldier dies, he has heard the distant drums playing the long roll. He is mustering with the Great Commander, and will man His ramparts forever.

    Shed no tears. The debt that he was never paid in this life will be paid many times over when he joins the legions of Eternal Glory.
     
  8. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    All gave some, some gave all.
     
  9. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I want to share this. Can I get a name so I can give credit where it's due?
     
  10. mcb

    mcb New Member

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    Wow. Very moving. Thanks for posting.
     
  11. DFlynt

    DFlynt New Member

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    Dang it someone snuck in here and started peeling onions while I was reading this!

    Great poem.

    Drove past the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery yesterday and thought about the people under all those headstones.
     
  12. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I have no idea who the author is, but it's been around for a while. I'm pretty sure it's public domain.