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Poetry from within

A Soldiers Life

I sit and stare at an empty screen

On what shall I write tonight

Is there anything worth saying about the world today

Or shall I think about our soldiers plight

For a Soldier’s life is a lonely one

Each day may bring something new

He may be re-united with his loved ones

Maybe promotion he will pursue

For there’s no doubt if you’re a military man

Ambition must play a big role

Ever alert and willing to learn

And eager to be in control

Not knowing what tomorrow may bring

Where on the globe you will be

Fighting for the right of freedom, or

Maybe to restore peace and tranquillity

In some far off foreign land

Besieged by a Terrorist’s threat

Unfortunately we live in a world of unrest

Which some folk are ever keen to forget

Although no longer an Imperial Force

Our Military men are still held in high esteem

Still ever ready to give help and support

No matter how remote the solution may seem

If you happen to ask a Soldier today

How he feels about the life that he chose

Does he worry about the risks and danger that he faces

He’ll reply as his thought’s he’ll compose

And may say “I joined the Army to be a Soldier

To serve in the World far and wide

And some day I know it may be kill or be killed

But I put all those thoughts to one side”

And after a few years of service

Perhaps engaged in a few theatres of war

Witnessed the horror but also smiles of relief

Of the adults and children he been fighting for

As he performs his task in many a conflict

Ever hopeful that hostilities will cease

When once again he can return to his loved ones

And perhaps live in a World at Peace

15th May 2010

Dennis Shrubshall