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fishmate12
7th November 2014, 01:23
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 once 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 buddies listened quietly,...For they knew where of he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer,..For ol' Joe has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer,...For a Veteran died today.

He won't be mourned by many,..Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,..Very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family,...Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,...'Tho a Veteran 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 of their life stories,...From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran,...Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution,...To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise,..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?

The politician's stipend,...And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,...To the service that he gives.
While the ordinary Veteran,...Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal,...And perhaps a pension, small.

It is 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 really want some cop-out,..With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a Veteran,...His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,...Who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Veteran,...And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us,..We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,..We find the Veteran'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 the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,.....A VETERAN DIED TODAY."

Trevorhb
7th November 2014, 12:13
That's lovely!

Nettie B
7th November 2014, 14:18
I agree with Trevor. That is beautiful!

marieline
8th November 2014, 01:12
The radical has hit once again with his powerful words. Thank you.
x
Marieline

BlueEyesOhio
8th November 2014, 04:46
Wow, good one! Did you compose that?

Lynne

fishmate12
9th November 2014, 03:13
Hi Lynne,
Alas, poetry is not the talent i credit myself with,..if i come across one that's good, i'll post it for others to enjoy,
Ray

ccinjersey
9th November 2014, 03:19
Don't believe a word he says Lynne, he is just being modest and tries to hide his talent....

CCxx

BlueEyesOhio
10th November 2014, 03:41
CC - look at your avatar!! Very cute and stylish!!! Is it Wilma or Betty?

Night walker
10th November 2014, 07:11
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Not sure if the picture attached properly but it's a pic of my war hero ...... my Dad. I have a copy of his medals, a badge from his original uniform, picture of HMS Ramillies, the boat he served on, mounted and framed and it's my treasure of him. Xxx I miss my Dad. He would be useless to me right now as he was not a practical person but he'd give me a hug xxx

john
10th November 2014, 11:42
Hi Silv,
Comes out and enlarges when clicked on. Remembrance Day does just that. Such a massive loss of life but still necessary unfortunately. Hopefully Dad is lending spiritual support to you both.

John

ccinjersey
10th November 2014, 16:41
Hi Lynne, thanks :)

LOL definitely not Wilma, she's the redhead with pearls. Betty is the brunette like me, agree love her little blue dress, but she is desperate need of a pair of shoes! Maybe a cute pair of white heels to match her dress ?

My partner in crime over here suggested this avatar, wants me back in the stone ages like him I guess ? You know when the cavemen would club their women over the head and drag them by their hair back to the cave! As my own hubby would agree, 'the good old days' ! lmao :)

CCxxx

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