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A Poem Worth Reading


Since vets have always held a special place in my heart I thought I'd post the following sent by a friend who is a veteran.


A Poem Worth Reading

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:

Pass On The Patriotism! YOU can make a difference.
If you are proud of our Vets, then send this to them. You'll be glad you did.

A Veteran is someone who at one point, signed a blank check to the USA for an amount up to and including their life.

Entry #2,442


rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - January 24, 2013, 7:44 pm
Great poem, Konane.
And it's good to see you again!
jarasanComment by jarasan - January 24, 2013, 8:40 pm
Thank you! We missed you, glad to see the post.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - January 24, 2013, 8:42 pm
Thanks Konane,
Nice to see you again.
sully16Comment by sully16 - January 24, 2013, 9:14 pm
Very nice, So good to see you back, stay awhile, you have been missed.
konaneComment by konane - January 24, 2013, 9:54 pm
Thank you each & every one of you!!! Great to see you all. :)))))
MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - January 24, 2013, 10:15 pm
What a great poem Konane. Thank you, it will be passed on.

Welcome back.....!
konaneComment by konane - January 24, 2013, 10:29 pm
Thank you very much Maddog. I knew you'd appreciate it. :)
emilygComment by emilyg - January 24, 2013, 10:45 pm
So good to see you back.
konaneComment by konane - January 24, 2013, 10:49 pm
Hey Em! Hugs :)
Comment by onlymoney - January 24, 2013, 11:37 pm
Long Time no see. You ok?
Didn't see your Solar posts anymore for a while.

Glad you're back. Love your blog posts.
konaneComment by konane - January 24, 2013, 11:45 pm
Aww thank you very much. :)
Rick GComment by Rick G - January 26, 2013, 7:05 am
Good to see you back, konane!
konaneComment by konane - January 26, 2013, 8:07 am
Thank you Rick, thought I'd pop in to say hi. :)

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