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A Poem


>                               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 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.
>                               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 simple headline
>                               In the paper that might say:
>                               "OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
>                               A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."
>                               Pass On The Patriotism!
>                               YOU can make a difference



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