From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 41

Winter 2001 CSANews Issue 41  |  Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.Back to list

Hi Folks!

If there was ever a more appropriate time to publish the following poem, I can't think of one. With Armistice Day just past and September 11th firmly fixed in our minds forever, any other comment from me would be superfluous.

Just a Simple Soldier

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 had fought in and the deeds that he had done.

In the exploits with his buddies, they were heroes, everyone

And tho' sometimes to his neighbors, his tales became a joke

All his buddies listened, 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.

No, 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, quietly going 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 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 an 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 sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.

While the ordinary, who offered up his all

Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension small.

It's easy to forget them, for it is so long ago

That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys went to battle, but we know

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 who has sworn to defend

His home, his kin and Country , and 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.

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's here to hear the praise

Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.

Perhaps a simple headline in the paper that might say

OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.

We look forward to another reunion at Snowbird Extravaganza on January 29 and 30, 2002 at the Lakeland Center In Lakeland, Florida. Don't miss it! For those of you who can't attend the Lakeland Extravaganza, check out the three other Extravaganzas and Winter Information and Entertainment Days ­ there will be one in your area.

Someone once said there are two types of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord" and there are those who wake up in the morning and say "Good Lord, it's morning."

God Bless!