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I’ve been feeling a little melancholy and retrospective of late.

(RSL = Returned Serviceman’s League)
non sexist !!


He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the RSL Club,
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 mates;
They were heroes, every one.

And ’tho sometimes to his neighbours
His tales became a joke,
All his mates listened quietly
For they knew whereof he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Bob has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a soldier 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 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.

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 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 is so many times,
That our Bobs and Jims
Went to battle, but we still pine.

It was 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 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 like 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 honour
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:


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  • sandraellen
    sandraellenalmost 6 years ago

    nice to see you here again
    did you write this?
    it is a powerful read—-best —-sandra

  • Hi Sandra.
    No I didn’t right it but I certainlt thought it worth posting.
    Particularly in my state of ming at the moment.

    – Peter Evans

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omaralmost 6 years ago

    Hi Peter, I think it was written by A. Lawrence Vaincourt…very sad…very true…Hugs, Sally xxxooo

  • Thanks Sally who ever it was nailed it.

    – Peter Evans

  • sandraellen
    sandraellenalmost 6 years ago

    thanks for sharing it, i haven’t seen it before, take care sandra

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 6 years ago

    I’m shaking……this truth is just so touching….and needs to be voiced, over and over….until we get it.
    Thank you Peter, for sharing XO

  • Peter Evans
    Peter Evansalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Lisa, your writing is just as powerful xxx

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 6 years ago

    Very powerful! Thanks for sharing, Peter. Here’s the home page of Lawrence Vaincourt the author

  • Thanks Mel and for the link :-)

    – Peter Evans

  • Ieneke
    Ienekealmost 6 years ago

    How very true are these words & how very mixed up the priorities seem to be when it comes to human beings………..
    Thank you for posting this Peter.

  • Your words are true Leneke.
    Thank you :-)

    – Peter Evans

  • AndreaMarie
    AndreaMariealmost 6 years ago

    The US media, US government and politicians need to read this as well, though it wouldn’t do much good for the most part. It is sad, but this writing rings true for the Red, White and Blue. It is sad to know that so much of the world’s priorities are not where they need to be.

  • AndreaMarie
    AndreaMariealmost 6 years ago

    Also, thank you for writing this and sharing something that is so important to think about and remember in our daily walk.

  • Thanks very much for your comments Andrea :-)

    – Peter Evans

  • Trish Cooper
    Trish Cooperalmost 6 years ago

    BRAVO Peter for sharing sharing this!!!!!! I hope many people read this and take this to their heart ….All that is being talked about here in Minn is the election and who can throw the next barb…..WHO CARES…..I am sooooo sick of that crap, they should start doing a respectable job to yearn respect!!! And RESPECT goes to any active or non active solder who gave an invaluable service……Thankyou so much for showing this hon, this is so so IMPORTANT!! LOVE YA!!xoxoxo

  • hey Trish, no problem, thanks :-)

    – Peter Evans

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