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A SOLDIER DIED TODAY." Worth reading

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by fredball, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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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:

    GOG, Scrammer, jordanvraptor and 3 others like this.
  2. GOG

    GOG State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much.
  3. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Love it. I always like this one too.

    "Somebody killed a policeman today,
    And a part of America died.
    A piece of our country he swore to protect
    Will be buried with him at his side.
    The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
    With counsel demanding his rights,
    While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
    And spend alone many long nights.
    The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
    Just as if he'd gone off to war.
    Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
    To his name they will add a gold star.
    Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
    It happened in your town or mine.
    While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
    A cop put his life on the line.
    Now, his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
    And he stands at each new rookie's side.
    He answered the call and gave us his all,
    And a part of America died."
  4. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    And this one

    The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
    I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
    My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
    My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
    Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
    Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

    The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
    Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
    My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
    Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
    In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
    So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

    The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
    But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear..
    Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
    sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
    My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
    And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

    Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
    A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
    A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
    Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
    Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
    Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

    "What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
    "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
    Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
    You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
    For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
    Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

    To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
    Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
    I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
    "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
    That separates you from the darkest of times.

    No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
    I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
    My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
    Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
    My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
    And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

    I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
    But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
    Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
    The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
    I can live through the cold and the being alone,
    Away from my family, my house and my home.

    I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
    I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
    I can carry the weight of killing another,
    Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
    Who stand at the front against any and all,
    To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.."

    " So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
    Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
    "But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
    "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
    It seems all too little for all that you've done,
    For being away from your wife and your son."

    Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
    "Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
    To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
    To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
    For when we come home, either standing or dead,
    To know you remember we fought and we bled.
    Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
    That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."
  5. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Aaaaaaand this one.
    I usually post these last two on my facebook every Christmas

    Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
    in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
    I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
    and to see just who in this home did live.
    I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
    no tinsel, no presents, net even a tree.
    No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,
    on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.
    With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
    a sober thought came through my mind.
    For this house was different, it was dark and dreary,
    I found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.
    The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
    curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
    The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,
    not how I pictured a United States Soldier.
    Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
    Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
    I realized the families that I saw this night,
    owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.
    Soon round the world, the children would play,
    and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.
    They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
    because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.
    I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone,
    on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
    The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
    I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
    The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
    "Santa don't cry, this life is my choice;
    I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more,
    my life is my God, my Country, My Corps."
    The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep,
    I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
    I kept watch for hours, so silent and still
    and we both shivered from the cold night's chill.
    I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark night,
    this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
    The the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
    whispered, "carry on Santa, it's Christmas day, all is secure."
    One look at my watch and I knew he was right.
    Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night.
  6. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles Lane County, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    "A SOLDIER DIED TODAY" The author is often cited as unknown, but was written by, A. Lawrence Vaincourt ©1985