The Soldier's Battle (Poem)
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's Inspirational Poem
- Dark Poetry--Ravages of War
I don't usually write dark poetry, however, I was challenged by a friend to write a dark poem about a war based in ancient times and on the battlefield. I had to complete the poem within 20 mins. This was truly a challenge for me. Thank-you for takin