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A Soldier's Lament

"I was what others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go
and did what others failed to do.

I asked nothing for those who gave nothing,
and reluctantly accepted the thought
of eternal loneliness...should I fail.

I have seen the stark face of terror;
felt the stinging cold of fear;
and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moment’s love.

I have cried, pained and hoped....but most of all
I have lived times others would say
were best forgotten

At least someday I will be able to say
that I was proud of what I was.....
a Soldier."

Author Unknown

Fred & Penny
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