The Veterans Poem

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  1. Sandbar

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    A couple of days late but I wanted to share with all of you.




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    > 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 that he once fought in
    > And the deeds that he had done,
    > In his exploits with his buddies;
    > They were heroes, every one.
    > -
    > And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
    > His tales became a joke,
    > All his buddies listened quietly
    > For they knew where of he spoke.
    > -
    > But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
    > For ol’ Joe has passed away,
    > And the world’s a little poorer
    > For a Veteran 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 Veteran 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 Veteran
    > 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 Veteran,
    > 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 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 Veteran
    > His home, his country, his kin,
    > Just a common Veteran,
    > Who would fight until the end.
    > -
    > He was just a common Veteran,
    > 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 Veteran’s part,
    > Is to clean up all the troubles
    > That the politicians start.
    > -
    > If we cannot do him honor
    > 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:
    > “OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
    > A VETERAN DIED TODAY.”
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