A soldiers poem

Discussion in 'General OFF TOPIC' started by gunnut, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. gunnut

    gunnut Junior Member

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    >Thought I would share this with you all,its very touching,and the vets amoungst you will be able to identify with it.It touched me,and made me proud also.






    THE FINAL INSPECTION
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    > The soldier stood and faced God,
    > Which must always come to pass.
    > He hoped his shoes were shining,
    > Just as brightly as his brass.
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    > 'Step forward now, you soldier,
    > How shall I deal with you ?
    > Have you always turned the other cheek ?
    > To My Church have you been true?'
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    > The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
    > 'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
    > Because those of us who carry guns,
    > Can't always be a saint.
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    > I've had to work most Sundays,
    > And at times my talk was tough.
    > And sometimes I've been violent,
    > Because the world is awfully rough.
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    > But, I never took a penny,
    > That wasn't mine to keep...
    > Though I worked a lot of overtime,
    > When the bills got just too steep.
    >
    > And I never passed a cry for help,
    > Though at times I shook with fear.
    > And sometimes, God, forgive me,
    > I've wept unmanly tears.
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    > I know I don't deserve a place,
    > Among the people here.
    > They never wanted me around,
    > Except to calm their fears.
    >
    > If you've a place for me here, Lord,
    > It needn't be so grand.
    > I never expected or had too much,
    > But if you don't, I'll understand.
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    > There was a silence all around the throne,
    > Where the saints had often trod.
    > As the soldier waited quietly,
    > For the judgment of his God.
    >
    > 'Step forward now, you soldier,
    > You've borne your burdens well.
    > Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
    > You've done your time in Hell.'
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    > Author Unknown~
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    >
    > It's the Military, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the
    > press. It's the Military, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of
    > speech. It's the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to
    > life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's the Military who salutes
    > the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the
    > flag.
    >
    > If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation
    > for the military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who
    > have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who
    > have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
     
  2. Polarbear

    Polarbear Active Member

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    Very Nice, Well said!
     
  3. ol55forever

    ol55forever Member

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    Excellent, I will pass it on.

    Very touching and Thanks again to ALL Military Personel:USA
     
  4. baldharleyrider

    baldharleyrider Member

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    That is a wonderful poem. Having lost a cousin a few months ago in Afghanistan. If you could help me figure out how to post this in an email that would be great. I would like to send it to some people that are not members here but I think that they would really like this poem. You will never be forgotten Ssg. Joshua Melton.
     
  5. cuznjed

    cuznjed Junior Member

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    Thats awesome!!!!!!!!!
    baldharleyrider I am sorry for your loss and you are right he will never be forgotten!!!

    Semper-Fi and thanks to all Vets!!
     
  6. Trek

    Trek Junior Member

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    Amen!
     
  7. Haywire

    Haywire Active Member

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    Very well said.
     
  8. jaceddie

    jaceddie Junior Member

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    God will smile on our Soldiers.
     
  9. robermv32

    robermv32 Active Member

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    Son of a gun, I've been away for a few days and now I have 1039 unread posts to catch up on......well, as soon as the water clears from my eyes. Very touching poem.

    I went up to the Salmon River in upstate New York and met a group of young men from the 10th Mountain Division. If anyone thinks we do not have fine young men in our military now I can direct you to a fine group. Had a great time telling them what it was like in the 60's before cellphone and satcom interfacing let you look over the bad guys shoulders. I really had a ball being around their enthusiasm and polite manners. Yes, we caught some fish too. Nice steelhead running now.