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Author Name: FreeSJordan 3 Comments
Date Added: April 27, 2009 17:04:18 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Welcome Home, Soldier
Nineteen years old and scared as hell
A young soldier proud and lean
You have been taught to shoot as well
You are a man now, not ours to wean
 
The drill instructor gravels his voice
You had to fire at the one invading
Enemy had a bomb attached coming through the fence
You had no choice, there was no waiting
 
Young soldier, you were very brave
You saved this whole damn bunch
Just doing my job, sir, his sorrow he did save
Years later, the memory in a saddened crunch
 
It is PTSD, and illness, a struggle for good health
It's sadness and the awful memories of the mortar
Veterans gather in soft spoken stealth
Remembering all but none keep quarter
 
Inside a tank in Vietnam, men on the cursed job
A voice prompts one, "Son, go outside",
Following this new order, heard the screaming throb
Then all were gone except this one who had not died
 
No officer issued that command - it was a prompting from the Lord
Coma bound and jungle ground now became his bed
Lost then found and loaded aboard
No memory of it in his head
 
Fractured skull, but he's not full of lead
Japanese hospital held him as he slept
There is no remembering, "Am I among the dead?
I don't feel like me anymore", weeks later awakened, he wept
 
He came home and healed but the Army soon would woo him away
Continuing in the camoflage fatigues so green and handsome in dress blue
He finally retires after the thirty year Army stay
And when age sixty comes to him, it is finally true - Uncle Sam says he's through with you.
 
Welcome home, Soldier.
 
 
Author's Notes:
A little poem to honor those Veterans of any War who serve their country - and this for my husband and all his years of service.  Bless you all. 
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Comments:
Comment By: FreeSteve on April 30, 2009 10:54:10 AM Report

I am a US Army veteran and you accurately described the risks and challenges waiting for our military forces.


 


All gave some and some gave all


 


God Bless those who have served and those in harms way now.


 


Comment By: Freejess on April 28, 2009 12:54:58 AM Report
As a veteran of the US Army, stationed at Ft. Braggs, NC., I really appreciate this poem. I enlisted at the age of 17 and served 10 years. I spent 5 years in Iraq and would still be there if I wouldn't have become injured. I was a 22 year old female, on the front lines as a combat medic. I've witnessed "hell on earth" and luckily survived to come back home. I'm struggling a great deal with PTSD now and I've only been back home a year.....

I can still hear the screams and smell the burning flesh. I also know what it's like to take another human life....

Anyways, I'm sorry to just be rambling.....I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed this wonderful write. Thank you

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on April 27, 2009 11:16:19 PM Report
You have done an amazing job on this...
Thank you for your kind comments on my humble poems.
 ~ She Whispers





 


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