He was an ordinary soldier

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12 years 2 months ago #22786 by Jack
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Gidday

I think this is worth sharing.



He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the RS
,
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 mates;
They were heroes, every one.

Although sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his mates 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.

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 honour
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:



A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life,

wrote a blank check made payable to 'Australia',

'The United States' or any other God fearing country for an amount "up to and including my life".

That is Honour, and there are way too many people in this

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12 years 2 months ago #326663 by GrantK
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WOW!!! That's quite a poem. Another one of yours Jack?

Certainly makes you stop, think, and give thanks for those who paid the ultimate price in the defence of their country.

I just watched an excerpt from this morning's service at Gallipoli:

http://www.maoritelevision.com/Default.aspx?tabid=224&progid=1617&epid=1750

I thought John Key gave a good speech to commemorate the occasion, whether or not you agree with his politics.

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12 years 2 months ago #326664 by Ronney
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I milked cows as the dawn came up and thought of my father fighting in the trenches of France.

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12 years 2 months ago #326669 by terralee
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My Dad served in WW2 he got the Military Medal and was a very special man. Rarely did he speak of what happened but he did speak often of the special bond he made with his fellow soldiers...RIP Dad :(
Cheers

Leonie & Zoo!!! :silly: :woohoo:

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12 years 2 months ago #326791 by Jack
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Gidday

Grant, there is no way in hell that I could write words like that, even though I wish I could.

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12 years 2 months ago #326798 by Sandy77
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great poems , thank you for sharing them

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12 years 2 months ago #326804 by Stikkibeek
I like this one. Really captures the horrendous mistakes of Gallipoli

Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967). Counter-Attack and Other Poems. 1918.

12. The General

‘GOOD-MORNING; good-morning!’ the General said
When we met him last week on our way to the line.
Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of ’em dead,
And we’re cursing his staff for incompetent swine.
‘He’s a cheery old card,’ grunted Harry to Jack
As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.

. . . . But he did for them both by his plan of attack.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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12 years 2 months ago #326807 by sod
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Jack thanks just so true

Having time is a measure of enthusiasm:rolleyes:

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12 years 2 months ago #326843 by jeannielea
Like them both but I'd like to add that although they were awarded the medals they had to write and ask for them when they came back. My Dad was always very angry about that (he had been an unwilling recruit for the Pacific) as his sentiments were very much as in Jack's poem. Dad reckoned that they if they were serving their country then their country should at least send them what was due to them. We managed to get dad's medals for him and gave them to him on his eightieth birthday but he never really indicated he was pleased we had done it!

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