The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

‘Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?’

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
‘No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

‘Step forward now, my soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.’

Author Unknown~

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I’m not into writings as a rule but this simple poem was sent to me this morning – and whether we agree with War or not- ALL our Armed Forces do us PROUD!!!
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  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...about 5 years ago

    Very fitting and beautiful.

    Well done for posting this Pauline.

  • Thankyou Richard- hoped it wouldn’t upset people – just like the simplicity of it!

    – naturelover

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    this is very poignant Pauline. Pleased you put it on. Beautiful. Bless them All.x

  • You are so very kind Catherine- thankyou x

    – naturelover

  • Clive
    Cliveabout 5 years ago

    Those are such beautiful meaningful words Pauline, ever so pleased you have shared it with all my friend xox

  • Happy you like them Clive- thankyou so much x

    – naturelover

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 5 years ago

    Awesome…..such a gorgeous writing. Very heartfelt and touching….God Bless !

  • Appreciate your kind comment Sean- thankyou!

    – naturelover

  • Steve plowman
    Steve plowmanabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful and poignant especially with the recent events far away. Thank you for posting it pauline.

  • Glad you like it Steve- thankyou!

    – naturelover

  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardinerabout 5 years ago
    Amen. Lest we forget.
  • Thankyou Alex- Amen!

    – naturelover

  • Sue Martin
    Sue Martinabout 5 years ago

    A wonderful find Pauline and so moving :)) xx

  • Lovely words- and happy you like it Sue- thankyou my friend x

    – naturelover

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...about 5 years ago

  • Perfect!!!!!!X

    – naturelover

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!! XOXO

  • Glad you like it Karen- thankyou! x

    – naturelover

  • SelinaJ
    SelinaJabout 5 years ago

    I just shed a tear, this is beautiful. My two are in the service and posted overseas so this has a special meaning for me, like many. Am going to share it with them. Thank you.

  • You must be so proud- we all are!!!!!!thankyou Selina! x

    – naturelover

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