Poetry About Patriotisim A Patriotic Poem To Show Support for Soldiers, Sailors & Troops Thank You For Our Freedom

Members From the Cult-Like Westboro Baptist Church Picket During Their Protest of a Military Funeral Carrying Signs That Read "Thank God For Dead Soldiers"
Members From the Cult-Like Westboro Baptist Church Picket During Their Protest of a Military Funeral Carrying Signs That Read "Thank God For Dead Soldiers" | Source

I stretched and yawned as I awoke

Switched on the morning news,

I wanted to catch the weather report

While I waited for my coffee to brew.

But it wasn't a ridge of high pressure

Or a storm that was coming our way,

Which caught my attention this morning

Causing me to shake my head in dismay.

"Dear God, What is wrong with you people?" I asked,

The image that now filled my screen

Of an angry mob of protesters

With a reporter live at the scene.

Shouting and hollering and waiving their signs

One hundred or more aggravated faces

Picketing up and down the street

Of one of our local military bases.

My moment of anger quickly gave way

To something that felt much more like shame,

I was filled with the need to apologize

To the men and women who were being defamed.

I wished that it were possible to send a letter of thanks

To each and every single one of them

Who had made the choice, either present or past

Both my country and my freedom to defend.

Now being a writer with a poet's heart

Who understands liberty's true worth

I sat down at the table with coffee in hand

And proceeded to write down this verse;


I was born an all American girl,

I am a United States Navy wife,

The daughter of a United States Marine

I've been a proud American all of my life.

Taught by my father's example

The meaning of sacrifice, honor, and truth,

Respect for my elders and for Old Glory,

Comes from deep down inside of my roots.

I thank God every night before I sleep,

That I was not born in some foreign land

Where I'd be the chattel of somebody else

Yes, I know just how lucky I am.

To live in the world's greatest country

The land of the brave and the free.

I am protected by a Bill of Rights,

I have the freedom to do as I please.

I can freely pursue my own happiness,

I can chase any one of my dreams

While millions of others live without hope

Never knowing what freedom means.

This brings me back to those people,

Who this morning were on my TV.

Carrying signs and screaming hateful words

At those responsible for keeping them free.

Perhaps I just don't understand,

Or maybe my viewpoint is skewed

Aren't we living in the same country?

Aren't they Americans too?



It's guaranteed by the First Amendment

To protest they have every right,

So you may say that I am biased, or even naïve

In my failure to comprehend this particular fight,

Or when I simply cannot find a single reason why

Their dreadful signs and ugly words

Should appear at the funeral of a fallen hero

Who has sacrificed his life as he served.

We live in a nation which affords many freedoms,

Not one of which came without cost

The truth is that nothing of value has ever been gained,

Without something more precious being lost.

We don't have to agree about politics,

Or embrace the ideology of war

Yet, can't we agree that American soldiers and sailors

Are entitled to receive something more

Than humiliation and degradation,

The total disdain and blatant disrespect,

Of the jeers and the sneers and outpouring of rage

From those people they have sworn to protect?

Shouldn't we honor our soldiers and sailors,

For choosing duty over fortune or fame?

They spend months and years away from family and home

While they put their lives on the line every day,

To defend and support the Constitution,

To ensure the rights of people like me and like you,

Fighting enemies both foreign and domestic

They are the brave and the few...


Let us also remember their families

Those parents, children, husbands and wives

The unsung and often forgotten heroes

In those soldier's and sailor's lives.

On tarmac and pier they shed their tears

Never quite sure what their future will hold,

Returning home to do their part

To keep the home fires from growing cold.

Speaking from experience, when I say it's not easy

To go on living your life every day,

Waiting and worrying and making the best of it

Still you do it for them anyway,

Because somewhere out there, the one that you love

Has more than enough on their mind

You only want them to focus on coming home safe,

Not worry about what they've left behind.

From our very beginning they've been there

These brave men and women and their families,

Standing up for our county, our freedom, our rights

Sometimes dying for what they believe.

You may find me biased, you may call me naïve

You can say that I don't understand

But I truly believe that those signs should express

Both the appreciation and gratitude of every American.

So to all those men and women both present and past,

Who have chosen my country and freedom to defend,

And to their families and loved ones, I mean what I say,

Thank – You, God Bless and Keep You,

Amen!


© 2011 Kristen Burns-Darling

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chuckfizz 5 years ago from indianapolis, Indiana

As a son of parents from WWII I can certainly agree with you on this one. The first time I heard about these folks my thoughts turned to all of those, some well meaning, folks pointlessly attempting to proselytize others to their way of thinking.

Reminds me of the line: "Get sacrificed! I don't subscribe to your religion!" Help (Beatles) 1965.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

What a beautiful tribute you have created. I will never understand the mind set that can not see it is the men and woman who defend their right to be out there with picket signs and hateful words. Whether you believe in the wars, I know that we should always believe in our troops and support them in whatever manner we can. Do people like this really process the whole picture or just their narrow minded view? I too am ashamed of them and pray for their eyes to be opened and their mouths SHUT!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

chuckfizz - How true! Whenever I see the people who do this something that my father (USMC ret.) said to me when I was young comes to mind... "No real soldier likes the idea of going to war, but it is unfortunately a sometimes necessary evil." Thank you so much for stopping to read my rant...and by the way I really loved your poems!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Poohgranma - You always have such kind words for me....Thank You! You are absolutely right....Another of my father's favorite quotes comes to mind...."If you're talking you're not learning!"


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b. Malin 5 years ago

K. Burns, thank you for such a thoughtful Hub and beautiful Poem...I am a wife of an ex-Marine. I don't understand what has happened to our country...they can even protest at a Soldier's Funeral ...I wrote a piece on this subject as well. Thanks for sharing.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

You are quite welcome b.Malin, and thank you for your kind words! I am going to hop on over and read your piece on this as well.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well not only are you a proud American - but as a humanitarian you are a poetic gift to this world.

My dad was a war veteran from World War II - he served overseas for 6 years as a Canadian soldier and landed on the Juno beach during the D-Day invasion. He met my mum on leave in Scotland and brought her home to Canada after the war as a war bride aboard the Queen Mary.

Quite a story isn't it - and every country in the world has a story like this ......


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

epigramman - Yes, it is absolutely true that each of us has a story....I wish that all of them could be told. I will promise to do my part, if you'll promise to do yours...Maybe between us we can make a dent? Thank you for reading my work, I am so glad that you enjoyed it!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Excellent Hub. God Bless You.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

stars439 - thank you for reading, I am glad that you enjoyed it!


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KFlippin 5 years ago from Amazon

Really awesome poem, thanks for sharing this, I hope it is read by many ungrateful Americans.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

KFlippin - Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to read this, I am really glad that you enjoyed it! I stopped by your hub "The American Dream" and I am now a fan! Thanks again!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Kristen, I wish every soldier could read this, I will send the link to my brothers (Vietnam). This is so awesome and voted that way. and shared on HP.

Have a blessed weekend


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K. Burns Darling 2 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Shyron E Shenko, Thank you for the generosity of your time, your kind words, and the share, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated. Please pass on my heart-felt gratitude to your brothers for their services.

Kristen

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