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 he once fought in and the deeds he had done
Of his buddies and their exploits, they were heroes everyone.
And though sometimes to his neighbors his tales became a joke
All his buddies listened quietly for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we will hear his tales no longer for ol' Joe has passed away
And the world is a little poorer for a soldier died today.
He won't be mourned by many, just his children and a wife
For he lived just 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, though 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 that they were young
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung. . .
The politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are often disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier 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 this 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 soldier, his home, his country, his kin?
Just a common soldier, who would fight 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 likes again.
For when countries are in conflict we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor, while he is here to hear our 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 SOLDIER DIED TODAY.
God Bless American, Again!
Happy 4th of July!