A COMMON SOLDIER
Soldier Died Today)
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,
exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not
be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job
and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.
politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who
breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to
serve his Country and offers up his life?
politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
old Bills of our Country 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.
find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
He was just
a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
presence should remind us we may need his like again.
countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean
up all the troubles that the politicians start.
cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
is in mourning, for a soldier died today.