Udiah (witness to Yah)

(1959 / USA)

A Recent Reply to a Soldier Who Questions If The Hell He's Experiencing Was Worthwhile.


While I do not know nor hope to ever find out what it feels like having to have taken another's life, I wish to thank you and all your fellow comrades for my children and their children. You placed your life on the line so that my children could grow up free, without oppression. That my grandchildren might never know the great fear one faces when they flee for their very lives. I owe you a debt that's impossible to repay. When I see my future dreams able to experience joy instead of hardship, I think of people like you. People who, without reguard for their own pleasure put it all on the line for those who they may never see nor hear from, just for a purpose, a principle, that all people everywhere might someday be free.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is the veterans of this country that deserve, no, that have earned, both our respect and our help in any way. All I can say is that God knows what you are going through, He does exist, trust in Him, He's the reason this great nation is the shining light to all the world. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

Submitted: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Edited: Friday, November 11, 2011

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  • Patricia Grantham (8/13/2013 11:16:00 AM)

    Only he and God knows the answer to that question. veterans fought for our
    freedom across the enemy lines. Freedom is more often than not the source
    behind many lost lives. To the very fine soldier I don't know who you are and
    it does not matter except that I can pray for you and others that God will
    strengthen you. I have a poem called Salute to Soldiers. Hope this will
    help to lighten your load. A great inspiring write Udiah. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/11/2013 2:45:00 AM)

    i'd maybe call this a nice commentary or editorial.....probably does not qualify as a poem. it is well-written and i assume true to your feelings and beliefs. i used to believe in God and now for forty years have had serious doubts if there is or ever was one....one like i was taught there is/was when i was a child and young adult. but i won't hold your belief against you. please don't hold my belief against me! i do feel sorry for veterans....at least some of them. and i do think i probably would have felt like rushing off to put my life on the line during ww2. but in the late 60s i became a conscientious objector to war and told my draft board so, and managed to get a deferment by volunteering to work two years in a civilian hospital as an aide stateside. my father did not serve (he had a family and a job in a war-supporting factory) , but three brothers did...coast guard, air force, and army. only one went to vietnam and he was in a pretty safe position and only came back with a self-inflicted burn on his arm; he said he was on drugs when he used a cigarette to burn himself. no purple heart for him! best wishes to you and thanks for sharing.........though i doubt it's a poem. (maybe THAT'S why someone gave the poem a score of 1) (Report) Reply

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