A Poem

#1
JUST A COMMON SOLDIER

(A Soldier Died Today)

by A. Lawrence Vaincourt



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 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 a soldier died today.



He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,

For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.

Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,

And the world won't note his passing, though 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 whole 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

A guy who breaks his promises 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?



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 men 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 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 like 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,


Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.




[borrowed from another site]
 

(granny)

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Book Reviewer
#4
on this day, at least, we should all remember. Politicians only remember when there is something in it for themselves.
 

babystew

Lantern Swinger
#5
same poem but fiddled with:



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Posted: Wed May 03, 2006 8:51 am Post subject: Simple Sailor

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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 his past

Of a patrol that he once served on, and the deeds that he had done
in his exploits with his oppo's they were heroes everyone

And tho' sometimes to his neighbours, his tales became a joke
all his buddies listened quitely, for they knew of where he spoke

But we'll hear his tales no longer, for ol' jack has passed away,
and the worlds a little poorer, for a sailor died today

He won't be mourned by many, just his children and his wife
for he lived an ordinary, very quite 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 sailor 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 sailor, goes unnoticed and unsung

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
some jerk who breaks his promise and con's his fellow man

Or the ordinary sailor, who in times of war and strife
goes off to serve his country and offers up his life

The politicians stipend and the style in which he lives
are often disproportinate to the service that he gives

While the ordinary sailor who offered up his all
is paid off with a medal and a pension that is small

It's so easy to forget them for it is so many times
that our jacks and johns and jimmys went to battle but we know

It's not the politicians with their compromise and ploys
who won for us our freedom that our country now enjoys

Should you find yourself in danger with your enemies at hand
would you really want some copout with his ever waffling stand

Or would you want a sailor his home his country his kin
just a common sailor who would fight until the end

He was just a ordinary sailor and his ranks are growing thin
but his presence should remind us we may need his like again

For when countries are in conflict we find the sailors part
is to clean up all the troubles that 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 day's

Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say


" OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING: A SAILOR DIED TODAY"
 
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