Just a Simple Soldier

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    JUST A SIMPLE SOLDIER

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    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 had fought in and the deeds that he had done
    In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, everyone.

    And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.

    But we'll hear his tales no longer, for old Bob has passed away
    And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

    No 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, quietly going on his way;
    And the world won't note his passing; 'tho a solder 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 time 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 sometimes disproportionate to the services he gives,

    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 was so long ago
    That our Bob's and Jim's and Johnny's went to battle, but we know

    It was 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 who has sworn to defend
    His home, his kin, and country, and 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, then 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 simple headline in the paper that might say:

    "OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
    FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY".

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    Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.

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