jmebug 43F
636 posts
9/8/2006 7:38 am


The Marine 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, Marine,
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 penny,
That wasn't 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 here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Marine waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Marine,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

curious082385 31F
4925 posts
9/19/2006 1:26 am

All teary now....

goodlion1 60M  
40 posts
9/18/2006 8:10 am

Bull Shit - God does not condone killing. I am a vet that knows war is for big business, not God or Country.


rm_sppper101 44M
1 post
9/15/2006 4:17 am

I carried this poem and two others in my helmet when went to kuwait the first time and again when we went to somalia. that was 16 years ago and I still read the whole thing every time I see it and can almost recite it verbatum, and it still puts a lump in my throat. Thanks for caring not just about my Corps but all servicemen and women

wantsomefun5658 34M

9/9/2006 8:57 am


nikki_im4u 53F

9/8/2006 8:30 am

That is one of the most heart wrenching poems I have ever read.

Very touching. And well written.



2daycowboywanted 45F

9/8/2006 8:21 am

Until later

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