Dear Soldier

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I have two brothers and a lot of friends who are or were in the military. I wrote this for them.

Submitted: August 06, 2018

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Thank you for your sacrifice.
Thank you for the burdens you’ve borne.
Thank you for the scars you have
On your body and on your heart.

Thank you for the freedoms you’ve bought
With your sweat and with your blood.
Thank you for the words you’ve shared
To comfort those with timider tastes.
Thank you for the silence you’ve kept
To protect the weaker willed.

Thank you for your humility.
Thank you for your bravery.
Thank you for the choices you made
When you knew the consequence.

Thank you for fighting.
Thank you for guarding.
Thank you for giving up control of your life
So that we could feel like we control ours.

Thank you for sustaining the misunderstood tradition
Of shedding blood and risking your life
So that we don’t have to.

Thank you for letting me write.
Thank you for letting her paint.
Thank you for letting him build.
Thank you for letting them argue.

Thank you for letting us worry about our jobs, cars, houses, mortgages, taxes, bills, and parking fines
Instead of worrying about dying every day.

Thank you for prioritizing our peace over your pain.
Thank you for training.
Thank you for risking death.
Thank you for showing a kind of service we’ll never see.

Thank you for the smiles you choose
When we foolishly remind you of something dark.
Thank you for letting us be sensitive.

Thank you for doing the best that you can
Each day
Even when no one notices,
Even when we complain,
Even when we don’t understand,
Even when you might not even want us to.

Thank you for sacrificing your body.
Thank you for sacrificing your heart.
Thank you for sacrificing your time.
Thank you for sacrificing your life.
Thank you.


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