A Soldier's Cemetery

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: War and Military  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted for approval on the approach of Veteran's Day/Armistice Day (though even more apropos for Memorial Day). A soldier's use as a tool of State policy may often be controversial, but regardless, the soldiers themselves are risking all, and sometimes pay an ultimate price serving their nation. This poem is dedicated to soldiers, young and old, hopefully expended in a rightful and constructive cause ...who now rest forever in their nation's care and trust.

A Soldier's Cemetery


Honor is for the living,
you who stand upon our roof.
With flag in hand and marching band
there is no surer proof.

Soldiers die in war / soldiers die in bed:
Ah, death is common enough! 
But with living hand, we took a stand:
Epic legends were forged of such stuff!

T’is no vocation,
..................safe
........................and kind.
(Few, there are who are soldier-born.)
Yet determined band with flag in hand
have history, adorned.

Beneath your feet, within these graves,
rest those who once cheered too;
with marching band, and flags in hand,
and gave their all for you.

Now, no rhythm is felt, we hear no sound;
we weep and laugh no more.
Your flag in hand and marching band
reach not this furthest shore.

Yet, we still may speak, beyond the grave,
and not in cryptic strains!
Oh you with waving flag so grand,
heed our eloquent remains.

Successor...
....................These
....................proud,
....................carved
....................stones,
..............and flag, enduring,
..are your future's preamble, and guarantee!
.Decorations may fade at sad, forgetful whim,
but we are the testament of the cost to live free.



by Steven P. Pody


Submitted: November 05, 2020

© Copyright 2020 Steven P. Pody. All rights reserved.

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