Gert Strydom

Silver Star - 3,633 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

A Man Of Integrity - Poem by Gert Strydom

I wish to be
a man of integrity
and no other type of man can I be.

Duty is an old and somewhat cold companion
that changes with society
and what once was high en right
might be a shadow on tomorrow.

Training takes control
and stills the shaking hand in battle
and persevere in what some
see as great bravery.

I wish no guilt to follow in my steps
and I am only honour bound
and yet the cruelty of war
still falls over me.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 13, 2009

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