.......... A SOLDIER

               

             "I was that which others did not want to be
 
               I went where others feared to go,
 
               and did what others failed to do.
 
               I asked nothing from those who gave nothing,
 
               and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal
 
                   loneliness...should I fail.
 
               I have seen the face of terror;
 
               felt the stinging cold of fear;
 
               and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love.
 
               I have cried, pained, and hoped... but most of all
 
               I have lived the 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."

                                                                              George Skypeck

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