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A Soldier Died Today, by A. Lawrence Vaincourt ©1985

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 had 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 Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof  he spoke. But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away, And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife, For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.  Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,  And the world won’t note his passing, though 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 their whole 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,  A guy who breaks his promises 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?

A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives, Are sometimes 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 was so long ago, That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know, It was 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 want a politician with his ever-shifting stand? Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend, His home, his kin and Country and 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, then 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 simple headline in a paper that would say, Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

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7 thoughts on “A Soldier Died Today, by A. Lawrence Vaincourt ©1985

  1. lets not forget the one who server us to day for them all who have i pray and thank god they gave us this day. thank you and god bless

    Posted by Roy Durham | May 27, 2011, 10:51 pm
  2. A very touching poem. May our respect and prayer go to the ones in our past who have served our country well, giving their all, and the ones today, who do the same. Great post.

    Posted by Jessica Mokrzycki | May 29, 2011, 5:46 pm
  3. This made me tear up, reading it. The poem was new to me, but the sentiments are not. Thank you for sharing it and introducing me to a new (to my eyes) poet. And as I said elsewhere, thank you, specifically, for your own service to our country. You will be in my thoughts this Memorial Day.

    ~ Dawn

    Posted by Dawn | May 29, 2011, 6:08 pm
  4. Just came here from Dawn’s Healing Morning,still teary-eyed… and here I go all over again. I commend you for this awesome memorial and, as stated above, for your own service. Definitely spreading the word!
    ~ Much gratitude and many blessings

    Posted by Debra Elramey | May 29, 2011, 7:52 pm
  5. I hate that we as Americans forget the people who died for us in battle to give us our freedom and this land I so love and adore…
    This was a great piece and it made me sad…
    xoxo
    Jessica

    Posted by Jessica Brant | May 30, 2011, 2:34 am
  6. A perfect tribute for this Memorial Day. May we never forget.

    ~cath
    @jonesbabie on Twitter

    Posted by cath | May 30, 2011, 12:23 pm

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