A Tribute to a Soldier

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A Tribute to a Soldier

Post by DSWA » 08 Apr 2012 17:35


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 peeny,
That was not 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 Lord,
It needn`t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don`t, I will 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 have done your time in Hell.


Best regards


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Re: A Tribute to a Soldier

Post by Chris Dale » 10 Apr 2012 21:58

Good thoughts. Thanks for posting.

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Re: A Tribute to a Soldier

Post by HaEn » 11 Apr 2012 04:18

THANK YOU for sharing this.
It's moving !!

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Re: A Tribute to a Soldier

Post by dabbydo » 11 Apr 2012 10:10

The poem is by Sgt Joshua Helterbran. Video of the author reading it at a memorial service is on you tube.

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