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Rod
09-05-2002, 12:00 PM
I thought this to be appropriate due the aftermath of 9/11/2001 nearly 1 year ago. I think there were a lot of soldiers in one form or another that day that should be remembered. I do not know the author of the poem.

To personally honor the victims, survivors and heroes of New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon, a poem.


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