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Prose - Why Are Our Soldiers Dying?

Updated on August 7, 2011

Prose - Wasted Lives

Why are our soldiers dying?
Their unborn children are crying
A nation sleeps ignoring the pain
Dreaming only of personal gain
Our anger has become numb
We are blind, deaf and dumb
Secure inside our own fortress
It appears we could not care less
That the dreams of a soldier are moot
Never having the chance to take root
Instead they remain a pawn
To be used only by the strong
While the sheep continue to wander
Unknowing in the fields we squander
Our knowledge and ability to alter
A nation’s soul so we continue to falter
On the path to progressive enlightenment
And instead maintain action that is abhorrent
To the whole of mankind and its ideals
Refusing to grant audience to the appeals
Of the weakest among us all
Who historically take the fall
For the ambitions of soulless ones
Trampling on the bones of our sons
Diluting the water of courage
Creating an atmosphere to discourage
Us from rising up as we should
Banding together in a brotherhood
Of good Samaritans praying for equality
And ending the marriage of life and frivolity
In order to secure peace among all men
And beg for the killing to end


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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      It's my pleausure Nellieanna.... it needs to be said everyday...

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you maven.... I know it can be a controversial thing to say their lives were wasted. Maybe my life is wasted because I didn't enlist when I had the chance earlier in my life. Instead I worked and partied. But my comment about lives being wasted is pointed to those who chose war over peace (politicians). I guess I don't believe every conflict was for the right reasons. But this is not a hub to argue about war and I only wish to celebrate those who not only gave the ultimate sacrifice but those who are still with us that were willing to take that chance.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I appreciate the sincerity you express in this thoughtful poem...I am not of the mind that their lives have been wasted...Indeed, I hold them in the highest regard, as do all folks that have lost family or friends to war...I think of the 12 young men I knew that reside now on the Wall in memoriam...young men, not yet fully formed, that sacrificed their unfulfilled lives for duty, honor, and country...they will live forever in the hearts of those that mattered the most to them...Larry

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      b. Malin,

      Thank you for continuing to comment on my work. It is a surprise as you say but maybe there are many poets who abhor war and have mixed feelings about Veterans day. There is a site called Poets Against War (I've posted a few pieces) and there are many pacifists in our community. There is nothing wrong with that in my view but I try to separate the reasons for war and the men/women who are in the fight. They are human beings like the rest of us and I feel they deserve respect for enduring a horrific environment.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Wonderful Hub...I too wrote a small tribute for Veterans Day...surprised I didn't see more on the subject from other Hubbers. If only our Politicians had to fight...maybe then we would see more protection for our troops...God, protect them all.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      MIcky,

      Thanks again man... God bless you and your family...

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Old Poolman,

      I noticed you are a veteran. I hope my words are welcome by you and those who served. I'm a civilian and have always been. I glorified war as a child; Patton was my favorite movie. I honor the sacrifice of all our soldiers but remain bitter about how there have been times that good people died needlessly. Thank you for your comments.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you Laurie for your kind words... it's all I can do but write how I feel....

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Very nice Sir! I second your emotions! God bless!

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      Nice piece of work - thanks for doing this.

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      LaurieDawn 6 years ago

      What a beautiful poignant tribute. Stunning words.

      It was a true pleasure to read your poem.

      Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Blessings,

      Laurie

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you Debbie... I know we are honoring the vets today and I just wanted them to know that there are different ways to care about them.... I don't like the politicians who pretend to be "pro-military." They are the one's who would launch a missle to turn public opinion away from a negative story.

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      debbiesdailyviews 6 years ago

      May I be the first to congratulate you on another beautiful poem.

      And today of all days, makes it very special indeed.

      I really enjoyed it.

      A real food for thought.