A Soldier Died Today
"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, everyone
And tho' sometimes to his neighbors
his tales became a joke,
all his buddies listened
for they knew wherof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer
for ol' Bob has passed away
and the worlds a little poorer
for a Soldier died today.
No 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,
quietly going on his way
and the world won't note his passing
tho' 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 of their life stories
from the time when they were young.
But the passing of a Soldier
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 politicians stipend
and the style in which he lives
are sometimes dispropotionate
to the service 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's so long ago
that our Bob's and Jims and Johnnys
went to battle, but we know.
It was not the politicians
with their compromises and ploys
who won for us the freedom
that our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger
with your enemires at hand,
would you really want some copout
with his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a Soldier
who has sworn to defend
his home, his kin and country
and would fight on 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
the we find the Soldiers 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 a simple headline
in the paper that might say
OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING
FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY"
----- A. Lawrence Vaincourt, aka Larry Vaincourt
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