A soldiers poem

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

  1. gunnut

    gunnut Junior Member

    >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 soldier stood and faced God,
    > Which must always come to pass.
    > He hoped his shoes were shining,
    > Just as brightly as his brass.
    > '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?'
    > 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.
    > 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.
    > 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.
    > 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.
    > 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.'
    > Author Unknown~
    > 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

    Very Nice, Well said!
  3. ol55forever

    ol55forever Member

    Excellent, I will pass it on.

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

    baldharleyrider Member

    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

    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

  7. Haywire

    Haywire Active Member

    Very well said.
  8. jaceddie

    jaceddie Junior Member

    God will smile on our Soldiers.
  9. robermv32

    robermv32 Active Member

    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.