"And I Heard Them Play Taps"

Patty Gross

Penobscot, United States

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And I Heard Them Play Taps
By Patty Gross

In a foxhole in Nam I hugged tightly my gun,
As I prayed to my God for help from His Son.
Barely 18 years old, and not ready to die,
I’m ashamed now to tell you I started to cry.

The rockets were screaming, the gunfire close by,
As I watched a brave soul fight the fight of his life.
So I pulled myself up and joined him in this war,
For freedom of country, friends, family, and more.

With the firmest commitment to keeping the faith,
And knowing the cost was worth running the race.
I raised my eyes upward and fired my weapon,
To help out my brothers in winning this mission.

Without any warning shots came from nearby,
And I watched in slow motion as my brave buddy died.
Then one more beside me fell down in slow motion,
My rifle kept firing without hesitation.

As morning arrived on this desolate field,
The battle had ended, our troops did not yield.
What a fierce fire fight that went on through the night,
With several men dead when the chaplain arrived.

And I heard them play taps as we formed a formation,
Around those young soldiers who died for our Nation.
Sad tears from my young eyes did rapidly fall,
For these boys are men now….yes, they gave their all.

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