Saturday, November 11, 2017

 

Just a Common Soldier

by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

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’ Joe 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 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 likes 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 honour 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 simple headline In the paper that might say:
“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let little boys wear tiaras, says the Church of England: New advice on transgender bullying for teachers in Anglican schools

Instructions for the CofE's 4,700 schools appear to give backing to ban on skirts
Some scrap the traditional girls' uniform to avoid difficulty for trans pupils
Schools have been told they can't use Bible as basis for gender identification.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5075641/Let-little-boys-wear-tiaras-says-Church-England.html?ITO=1490

Anonymous said...

Key aide to Archbishop of Canterbury quits because 'liberal' church is no longer 'anchored in the gospel'

Lorna Ashworth, who opposes gay marriage, quit over 'agenda of revisionism'
The 47-year-old says message of 'unity' has 'trumped' the word of Jesus Christ
She was a key adviser to Justin Welby, who called for 'radical' new inclusion
Months ago she signed a letter saying church had capitulated to secular values.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5075311/Archbishop-Canterbury-aide-quits-liberal-agenda.html?ITO=1490

Households face 'lost decade' of falling living standards as grim Budget forecasts slash size of the UK economy by £65bn British...