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The Soldier's Battle (Poem)

Updated on October 5, 2012

A Word Of Inspiration

Yesterday, I was hubhopping and found a poem that hit something in my soul. Patty Kenyon had written about the dark side of war in her poem "Dark Poetry--Ravages Of War" (see link below). I was immediately inspired to write a little poem of my own and leave it in her comments. Patty responded quickly, and suggested I turn that poem into a hub. (Duh! Why didn't I think of that?) So, taking her advice, I took another look at what I had written and decided there was much more that needed to be said. This is the finished version, at least for now. (I'm bad about editing after publishing.) I send my thanks to Patty for inspiring and suggesting!

The Soldier's Battle

Unfortunate as it may be,

man fights wars, be it air, land, or sea.

For religion, vengeance, power, and greed,

his battle's set, horrific obligations indeed.


His job is to kill and to survive,

he's succeeded if tonight he's still alive.

To some his tasks seem evil and dark,

but in his shoes, life's no walk in the park.


He's expendable, military brass will say,

"No questions", "Do your job", it's the military way.

"The enemy knows no mercy, not civilized you see,

he shoots his own kind, sets his bombs aimed at thee."


Now conditioned in mind his actions are right,

it's defense, honor, home, for which he must fight.

He's protecting those he loves the most,

that's all of us from coast to coast.


War's not his choice, he's just a tool,

politicians choose, it's their Golden Rule.

While they sit safely on their thrones,

and broadcast warnings in deafening tones.


Wallets grow fat from profits they reap,

their sorrows for the dead tossed in the heap.

Their children safe in frat houses here,

laughing, hazing, drinking their beer.


Yet, miles away, soldiers try to sleep,

as those they love pray for souls to keep.

And hope that soon, the soldier will return,

as a father, a husband, the student who'll learn.


However, tomorrow he'll face counterpart foes,

It's a soldier's duties, a soldier's woes.

A Final Thought

Having served in the military during a time that soldiers didn't receive welcoming upon their return, I welcome the changing attitudes that honor those making sacrifices. Yet, upon returning to the "civilized" world, these individuals must deal with what they've been forced to do. In the "other world" they lived, acceptable and necessary actions had no options. However, in a home setting, the dreams they bring conflict greatly with the morality in which they believe. There is no dishonor deserved for doing what was required. The dishonor goes to those that profit monetarily from their sacrifices. I salute the soldier that returns, and honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.


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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      AWESOME POEM, you truly captured what I could not!!!!! Excellent and very Powerful!!!

      I am soooo very touched by your introduction and linked this poem to Ravages of War!! Both your introduction and your poem leave me teary eyed. THANK-YOU soooooooo Very Much!!!!!!

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      sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Thank you for sharing this awesome poem and your final thought. I am sharing on facebook.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I thank you both from the bottom of my heart! Patty, without your inspiration this would not have happened. It is you that must be thanked. Sweethearts, your comments are greatly appreciated and your sharing very welcomed. Again, my thanks!

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      B Lucy 4 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      Words cannot describe how your words captivated my mind and touched my heart. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. And I am sharing . . .

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Sincerely appreciate your comments. I speak only as I see it and hopefully others will feel as you. Again, many thanks!

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Very nice! Thank you from the Mom of an active service Marine! Semper Fi!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I am humbled. May your son stay safe as I send my thanks to you and him. Your comments mean a lot. Thank You!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Absolutely stunning poem, and so true, we should all honor them as they are our heroes, wonderful!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Thank you so much for your comments! I agree, honoring those that give so much is the least we can do. Many Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute to our military soldiers who fight for our rights. Love your thoughts, "He's protecting those he loves the most,

      that's all of us from coast to coast.

      War's not his choice, he's just a tool". We can't thank them enough for their sacrifice.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      teaches12345 -

      It's a pleasure to meet one that believes as I do!

      They give everything for their country. It's the least we can do to pay tribute to them any way we can!

      Thank you for your compliment and comments. Much appreciated!

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      Sojourner McConnell 4 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      This is a great poem. Thank you for honoring the soldiers.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Vicki-

      I thank you for visiting!

      The soldier deserves all he can get. Lord knows, he's giving us all he's got!

      I appreciate your comments. Many Thanks!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      RC, this is a great poem. I have long had the respect for the armed services and to those that risk and paid their lives in honor of their homeland. It always touches my heart to see other great people sharing the same respect :) Salute to the soldiers, both alive and passed on.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Keith -

      Thanks for stopping by!

      What do they say about great minds...oh, yeah..it doesn't apply on my side of the table...sorry. You and I are on the same page here. They deserve our respect!

      I appreciate you coming by and commenting. Many Thanks!

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      manlypoetryman 4 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      Very Well Done...and So Very Filled With Many Truths! Excellent. Voted Up! Thank you for your service...BTW.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Thank you, sir! Your comments are greatly appreciated. I just want the soldiers of today to be recognized for all they give. Many thanks!

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      First, I want to thank you for serving our country, and apologize that our nation, our society, did not appreciate your sacrifice, even if they disagreed with the war. I was not one of them. I was very young at the time, and my brother did what his country asked and has felt similarly.

      Second, I want to tell you what a well written and thoughtful hub this is. Thank you for putting this hub together.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      toknowinfo -

      I salute your brother and all those like him! There were many sacrifices then, as there are today. I just want all those who serve to know they are worthy of much more than they receive. Many Thanks!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Reminds me of both Patty's poem and Widfred Owen's "Dulce Et Decorum Est." At these times a soldier really wonders if it is sweet an honorable to die for the country. Many times, sadly, tragically, he's just one of the number, often assumed to be able to return to a normal life when the war is over, but no one notices his problems. Though provoking poems from both you and Patty.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Michelle -

      Good to see you here.

      In the military, you're taught that some will come home and some won't. What's sad is they are generally not recognized as human beings, but only pawns. Soldiers give their lives for their country every day. Yet, the news has stopped mentioning it. Guess their lives are no longer important to a complacent society. Very sad.

      Appreciate your comments. Many Thanks!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi RC, Thank you for writing this inspirational and heartfelt tribute poem to our brave soldiers. I salute them each and every day. I salute you!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Linda -

      Good evening!

      I wrote this months ago in hopes I would never need to share it again. Unfortunately, some things never change. Since Iraq was emptied, many have forgotten we still have troops overseas. As long as they battle and give their lives, only the fool can forget.

      Thanks for your support!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rich,

      I salute you for writing this article...both your text and the poem.

      Thank you for sharing your feelings, my friend.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Daisy -

      Really good of you to visit.

      Many have no idea what life is like in the military. Soldiers are expected to do things that they find distasteful at times, yet, can't say, "No, I quit." They have to live with these things the rest of their lives. While many have normal problems, the soldier will always have just a few more memories nagging at them, most they'd rather not talk about. Sometimes, it's difficult to see importance in what others feel is "life demanding." They simply haven't a clue to what that phrase really means.

      Thanks so for your kind words and support! They are greatly appreciated!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such a beautiful tribute to our soldiers.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Dianna -

      Good to see you!

      Thank you so much for reading and your kind words. The veterans deserve all they can get.

      I appreciate your comments! Many Thanks!

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      Abby Attwood 4 years ago from Olathe, KS

      Fantastic poem showing the differing points of views and helping us understand them. Thank you for serving our country!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Abby -

      I'd never written any poems before Hubpages. Oh, maybe one, but it wasn't my cup of tea. Although they seemed to be well accepted, they were almost "too" easy for me. I've stopped writing poetry as of late. My niche is comedy, satire and suspense. I might stray occasionally, but that is where I seem to do best.

      Thanks for everything!

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      Rosehips 2 years ago

      Love your poem. Inspiring and so true. God bless you.

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      Rich 21 months ago from Kentucky

      Rosehips,

      Thank you for your kind words. Sorry it took so long for me to answer. May god return your wishes to you and yours, also.

      Many Thanks!

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