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by Andrew C McDonald 4 months ago in social commentary / sad poetry / inspirational / heartbreak
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A Poem About Soldier's Returning to Camp in the Aftermath of Battle :: pbpatch.wixsite.com/pbpatch

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Whatever nation, race or belief

Soldiers know doesn't matter

Young men all seeking relief

Conflict caused by old men's natter

Praise God enemy didst yield

Wipe off bloody gore

Stagger from battlefield

Pray tomorrow brings not more

Sword drawn, leathery sheath

Swallow fear, slam it down

Tomorrow morn hang a wreath

On some widow’s door in town

Survived have I to fight again

My orders all obeyed

Check status of my men

Before deserved rest in shade

Tonight we shall swap tales

Of many valiant deeds

Now secure mounts to rails

Tend to wounded needs

Cries of suffering pain

Linger long in our ears

Morphine flowing like rain

Cannot still our fears

Oh to tap that keg of ale

Fill my mug, lift it high

Spit foam into raging gale

Laugh in face Death drawn nigh

Toast our dead, praise our living

Honor courage on both sides

Every soldier his all is giving

To turn to right shifting tides

In trenches neither right nor wrong

Only blood, death, loss and glory

Still praise our cause in lifted song

Let historians tell our story

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About the author

Andrew C McDonald

Andrew McDonald is a 30 year 911 dispatcher in Florida. He resides with his wife of 35+ years. Upon earning his B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Florida Institute of Technology, Mr. McDonald served as an officer in the U.S. Army 1985 to 1992.

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  • Emily Williamson4 months ago

    This feels extremely authentic and real. I love the line about young men all seeking relief, conflict caused by old ken’s natter. That is so real it hurts. Young people go. to fight and die in wars brought on by old people. I sent this to my brother who retired from the Army. and he loved it.

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