To Our Soldiers  

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9/9/2006 11:01 am

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To Our Soldiers

Now I'm not much for writing poetry, but I thought I would share a poem I wrote to my FWB while he was on tour in Iraq. Regardless of my beliefs about the war, I support our troops 100% and hope y'all do too.

I think of you so far away
Your purpose there so grand.
To let the sound of freedom ring
Throughout a foreign land.

You didn't hesitate to go
When you received the call.
You knew this was your destiny
And would protect us all.

Your courage and your bravery
Should put us all to shame.
You'd give your life for people
Who don't even know your name.

I miss your smile and everyday
I long to hear your voice.
But your life is dedicated now
To giving them a choice.

So whether this is right or wrong,
The conflict good or bad,
We have to understand that you
Have changed the lives they had.

You're giving them the power to
Begin their lives anew.
I only pray the things you see
Won't change what's inside you.

For those we've lost, for those you've saved,
Will not have been in vain.
We'll cherish what you've done for us
And smile through the pain.

For freedom isn't really free,
Not to the lives it cost
But without the sacrifice you've made
Our freedom would be lost.

The sky above, the sand below,
And nothing in between.
But the sun that's shining down on you
Is the same shining down on me.

I'm thankful for the things you do
So that I can be free.
But most of all, I love you, so
Be safe. Come home to me.

florallei 100F

9/9/2006 5:00 pm

A very beautiful tribute for our brave soldiers in arms...May they come back unchanged inside but I doubt they will. God bless them for doing a courageous duty!!!!


akron42 replies on 9/10/2006 5:44 pm:
Thanks Flo! I imagine it will be hard to get past the horrors they see over there, and I hope they are welcomed home and not criticized for doing their jobs.

Djeeper1987 48M

9/9/2006 8:05 pm

Terrific Post!! I too may not entirely agree with the war, but I do support the troops 100%

Carpe Diem

akron42 replies on 9/10/2006 5:42 pm:
Me too Jeeps! Did I mention I love the pic?!!!!!

NxplcbleNchntmnt 47M/50F
184 posts
9/9/2006 8:12 pm

it is so important to remember to separate the soldiers from the policies. when we disagree with the decisions our government makes on our behalf, it can be frustrating, and easy to look for scapegoats. but the soldiers themselves are men and women who put themselves in harms way because someone had to, and these are the ones who had the courage to volunteer. i for one almost never agree with our government, but i have unending respect for those in uniform who actually get to do the dirty work. maybe next time we should send our president in there FIRST... maybe then he would think twice.

akron42 replies on 9/10/2006 5:42 pm:
I agree with you 100%! I'm so glad you commented and that we seem to be of the same opinion!

2BIG4U7Plus 40M
49 posts
9/9/2006 10:53 pm

That is just an incredible poem that you wrote. The structure seems to be flawless. Not only is the poem flawless but the whole thing just flows with creativity and a heartfelt emotion. I did a tour over there in Iraw and we appreciate the people honest enough to say that they might not support the President but do support the troops and the service they provide for our families.

akron42 replies on 9/10/2006 5:41 pm:
Thank you so much, I was hesitant to share it because I didn't feel it was up to "par" with some of the other poetry on the blogs. But you're right about it being heartfelt. I appreciate all that you and the other servicemen and women sacrificed to go there amid so much controversy. It takes a special breed of people to be able to do that!

Catdoc2000 58M

9/10/2006 6:02 pm

Very nice!

I read this some time ago so the numbers are not exact but close.

In 1956 64 out of a class of 400 at Yale went into the military.
In 2002 7 out of 1200 went into the military.

How can our leaders wisely choose when to go to war when they have no experience???

akron42 replies on 9/12/2006 9:30 am:
That's so true. I've seen documentaries about the recruiters going into poor areas and getting people to sign up by telling them it's their only option for a good life. That's so wrong! I think it's hard to get people to join when they know they are going to get very little training but alot of hands on experience in a war zone!

SingleWarrior 53M

9/10/2006 8:36 pm

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akron42 replies on 9/12/2006 9:33 am:
I'm on my way to check it out. Thank you so much for reading my blog, I'm looking forward to checking out yours!

rm_gergle775 52M
150 posts
9/11/2006 12:05 pm




YOUR TARZAN....................................

akron42 replies on 9/12/2006 9:32 am:
Ah, Tarzan. You've hit the nail on the head! A warped sense of reality is right. But I agree with you that we're still the best in the world. We just have to prioritize better!

intierzha 45M

9/13/2006 9:53 pm

I have the greatest respect for those who serve and have served regardless of my view, of which you know. If it weren't for medical issues (I tried to volunteer 3 times in my life), I would be there with them if I could. And my heart has always been with them...


akron42 replies on 9/16/2006 9:52 am:
I know what you mean C. We've always had the same view on this situation, hate the war, love the troops! My son tried to enlist out of hight school and he too was rejected. He has epilepsy.

sixshooter693 74M
203 posts
9/24/2006 5:49 pm

u know i read most of ur blogs and wondered what kind of person u are. not that i'm judging u, i'm not. but i just wondered what ur really like. then i read ur poem. and that told me much of who u are. very compassionate and caring. u think of other people i believe before urself. ur poem was elligently written and it brought back viet nam to me. so many people have no idea of what a combat soldier goes thru. that poem should be printed and sent to every soldier over there. u would have thousands of new friends. ur a good person and i'm proud to have read ur blogs. have super day tom. sweetness u deserve it ted

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