Monday, May 29, 2006

An Appropriate Poem For Memorial Day

This was sent to me by a friend of mine, who also happens to be the proud mother of a US Marine currently serving his 3rd tour of duty in Iraq. I've always liked this poem, and today is as good a time as any to share it. Whether or not you agree with the politicians pulling the strings, whether or not you agree with the war that this country is currently engaged in, these people lay down their lives for this country every day, and would not hesitate to risk it all to save your sorry ass should this country be engaged in a conflict within it's own borders.. They deserve our respect, even if the people telling them what to do deserve nothing.

To the families and people serving in all branches of the armed forces, I thank you for your sacrifices, in all conflicts, past, present, and future.

THE FINAL

INSPECTION
The Marine 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, Marine,
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 Marine waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Marine,
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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