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Posted: 1/6/2003 1:25:36 PM EDT
 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 once 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 neighbors
 His tales became a joke,
 All his buddies listened quietly
 For they knew where of he spoke.
 
 But we'll hear his tales no longer,
 For ol' Bob has passed away,
 And the world's a little poorer
 For a Soldier died today.
 
 He won't be mourned by many,
 Just his children and his wife.
 For he lived an ordinary,
 Very quiet 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 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 of their 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,
 Some jerk who breaks his promise
 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?
 
 The politician's stipend
 And the style in which he lives,
 Are often disproportionate,
 To the service that he gives.
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 1:27:02 PM EDT
 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 is so many times
 That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys,
 Went to battle, but we know,
 
 It is 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 really want some cop-out,
 With his ever waffling stand?
 
 Or would you want a Soldier--
 His home, his country, his kin,
 Just a common Soldier,
 Who 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,
 We find the Soldier's part
 Is to clean up all the troubles
 That the politicians start.
 
 If we cannot do him honor
 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 simply headline
 In the paper that might say:
 
 "OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
 A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."

 A. Lawrence Vaincourt
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 1:38:35 PM EDT
[USA]
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 4:12:06 PM EDT
Old, but well deserving of a bump!
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 4:35:08 PM EDT
That is great, just one day I would love to see that on CNN or New York Times, "A Soldier Died Today".
Link Posted: 1/6/2003 4:52:50 PM EDT
[USA]

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