Where the Veterans Rest 

A SOLDIER DIED TODAY

A Poem Worth Reading

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 inAnd the deeds that he had done,In his exploits with his buddies;They were heroes, every one.

 

And 'tho sometimes to his neighborsHis tales became a joke,All his buddies listened quietlyFor they knew where of he spoke.

 

But we'll hear his tales no longer,For ol' Joe has passed away,And the world's a little poorerFor 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 storiesFrom the time that they were youngBut the passing of a SoldierGoes unnoticed, and unsung.

 

Is the greatest contributionTo the welfare of our land,Some jerk who breaks his promiseAnd cons his fellow man?

 

Or the ordinary fellowWho in times of war and strife,Goes off to serve his countryAnd offers up his life?

 

The politician's stipendAnd the style in which he lives,Are often disproportionate,To the service that he gives.

 

While the ordinary Soldier,Who offered up his all,Is paid off with a medalAnd perhaps a pension, small.

 

It is not the politiciansWith their compromise and ploys,Who won for us the freedomThat 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 SoldierHis 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 usWe may need his likes again.

 

For when countries are in conflict, We find the Soldier's partIs to clean up all the troublesThat the politicians start.

 

If we cannot do him honorWhile he's here to hear the praise,Then at least let's give him homageAt the ending of his days.

 

Perhaps just a simple headlineIn the paper that might say:"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."