A Soldiers Life
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NOT EASY TO LOVE…
 
EVEN HARDER TO HOLD…
 
IN THE ECHOES OF WAR…
 
THEY’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
COUNTLESS TIMES IN COUNTLESS LANDS
ASSAILED BY INNUMERABLE ENEMIES
UNWEARYINGLY AWAITING THEIR COMMANDS
 
IN THE SILENCE OF THEIR EYES LINGERS STILL
THE TWISTED VISAGES OF THOSE SAD SOULS
CLAIMED BY WAR ANGER AND STRIFE
 
TOO OFTEN HAS FICKLE FATE DELIVERED TO THEM
THE OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR THEIR ROLES
IN THE TAKING OF ANOTHERS LIFE
 
YES THEY’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
FACING THE DARK UNKNOWN
EACH HEARTBEAT HOPING STILL THAT SOMEDAY IN PEACE
THEY WILL REAP ALL THEIR BLOOD HAS SOWN
 
IN THE ECHOES OF WAR…
 
BUT TONIGHT THEY KNEEL OUTSIDE THEIR TENTS
WITH BLOOD STILL ON THEIR HANDS
AND BOW THEIR HEADS IN SILENCE
FOR THEIR BROTHERS AND THEIR SISTERS
LEFT SCATTERED ACROSS THE LANDS
 
YES TONIGHT THEY KNEEL OUTSIDE THEIR TENTS
WITH BLOOD STILL ON THEIR HANDS
AND BOW THEIR HEADS IN SILENCE
FOR THEIR BROTHERS
FOR THEIR SISTERS
LEFT SCATTERED
‘CROSS THE LANDS
 
MAY GOD ABOVE HAVE MERCY
UPON THESE SOLDIERS SOULS
TO DEFEND THEIR DREAMS
THEY FOUGHT THIS FIGHT
TO REACH THEIR GIVEN GOALS
FOR FREEDOM AND EACH OTHER
THEIR BLOOD WAS SOWN
 
IN THE ECHOES OF WAR…
 
THROUGH THE YEARS
SO MANY FALLEN FRIENDS GIVEN TO THIS CAUSE
IGNORING THE FROZEN EXPRESSIONS OF PAIN AND FEAR
WITH PROFOUND SADNESS THE SOLDIERS REACH OUT
TO CLOSE THE EYES OF THOSE HELD DEAR
 
A WEIGHTY GESTURE INDEED!
AS IF ASHAMED THAT THEIR CURRENT SURROUNDINGS
WERE NOT BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH FOR THEIR FINAL GAZE
 
INSTEAD TURNING THEM INWARD
FOR THE LOVE THEY HAD INSIDE THEIR SOULS
A MORE FITTING RESTING PLACE
 
AND IN THE SOLDIERS HEARTS
THESE FALLEN FRIENDS WILL BE CARRIED FOR ALL TIME
AND IN THE SILENCE WILL BE HEARD
THEIR FINAL BATTLE CRIES
 
IN THE ECHOES OF WAR…
 
AND AS THEIR FINAL PRAYERS ARE WHISPERED
WITH RESOLUTE EXPRESSION UPON EACH FACE
THEY TOO PREPARE TO MEET THEIR FATE
AND END A LIFELONG CHASE
 
FOR IF TOMORROW IT IS THE END THEY MEET
SECURING THE DREAM THEY HAVE DEFENDED ALL ALONG
THEN FREEDOM WILL BE THEIR LEGACY
AND LIBERTY THEIR LIFES SONG
 
THROUGH THE BLOODSHED THEY WILL SING THE SONGS
THAT THEIR VERY LIVES HAVE LIVED
FOR THEIR DREAMS THEY WILL SING THESE SONGS
GIVING ALL THEY’VE GOT TO GIVE
 
AND AS THEY FEEL THE EARTH GIVE WAY
INCH BY INCH FOR THEM TO LAY
THEY WILL GO JUST LIKE BEFORE
FACING THE DARK UNKNOWN
 
AND THEY HOPE SOMEDAY IN PEACE YOU’LL REAP
YES THEY HOPE SOMEDAY IN PEACE YOU’LL REAP
ALL THEIR BLOOD HAS SOWN
 
IN THE ECHOES OF WAR…

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Robert L. Martin
over 3 years

Wow! Cory, that was great. Those martyrs that they are. I enjoyed it very much. I bet a lot of publishers would like to publish that poem for Memorial Day.

SophiaGrey
about 5 years

It was good to take a moment to reflect, thank you.

Cory Garcia
about 5 years

Thank you and what an honor to evoke these feelings...

SophiaGrey
about 5 years

Reading this aloud, hearing the words as they slid across my tongue, was a very lachrymose experience. It raised so many feelings up from the depths of memory, I think it is perfect.

Justin Dee Huskey
about 6 years

Indeed. Wonderfully conveyed.

Cory Garcia
about 6 years

Thanks brother! The echoes linger stillI strive these days to live with passion... anything less would be an insult to those brothers and sisters that are no longer with us... and those that fight now in my stead...

Justin Dee Huskey
about 6 years

Excellent. I love the imagery and the message here. Bravo!

Cory Garcia
about 6 years

Thank you brother! You understand where the passion comes from... 5 stars to you for having served with us...

Quil
about 6 years

Well, I was in the military, I never went to war, but this speaks to that time for me. to the people along side me who... well... what they did doesn't matter for what I'm trying to say. I think you caught the conflict between love and action in this one. 5 stars.

Cory Garcia
about 6 years

Amen :)

Amber M. Royse
about 6 years

You've pulled me into the time of the past and the present , how it felt and what is carried on for years after the war ! it echoes ....You put the reader right where you need them to be and I see the sadness , strength and honor !! <3 Amazing read !!!

Cory Garcia
about 6 years

Thank you brother!

Danny MF'n Stone
about 6 years

Great poem! Trying to share it on FB. Got a lot of military fam n friends. Well done as usual!

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