Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day

The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass..

'Step forward now,Soldier ,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear..
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Author Unknown~
It's the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It's the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It's the Soldier, not the politicians
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..

It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.


reanaclaire said...

yes, soldiers of war are someone we should honor..they are heroes and loyal to the country..

Arkansas Patti said...

Amen Patty. I loved the poem.

Lady Di Tn said...

This is a wonderful post to our Soliders. Thanks for sharing it with us. Peace

Denise said...

God Bless them all Patty, which I believe includes Abe. A wonderful post and poem.

Clytie said...

I think any who read this today will, like me, be wiping tears from their eyes.

Thank you to all Veterans, who have served our country in locations both foreign and domestic.

"Lest We Forget"

Margaret Cloud said...

This is very well said but to often our soldiers come home and never get the help they deserve. Thanks for sharing.