George Hunter

Dying Young

The day we are born we all start dying,
It's the only thing in life we can do without trying.
Some go easy,
Some go hard,
We don't get to choose the draw of the card.

Two of my school buds didn't get to call
The way their roll of the dice would fall.
Enlisted early to pick their craft,
Didn't wait for the Army or the draft.
One to the Air Force, one to the Navy,
Neither thought their life would be all gravy.

One bought the farm on his very first flight
On a run over Germany one beautiful night.
Tailgunning a bomber is a very short life.

The other lad went down with his sub
With the ash cans falling from above.
I imagine his dying way down there,
Slowly, slowly, deprived of air.

When your number's called you have to go
Some go fast,
Some go slow.
It's the only thing in life you can do without trying,
Dying, dying, dying, dying.

Submitted: Saturday, October 13, 2007
Edited: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Listen to this poem:

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.


Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Dying Young by George Hunter )

  • Rookie Greenwolfe 1962 (2/20/2009 12:42:00 PM)

    I love the rhymes in this poem as well. But the real asset in this poem is the
    message that it sends. It is so true. The stories really enhance the poem
    a lot. This was a very enjoyable read. I praise the writer for his craftsmanship.

    GW62 (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
[Hata Bildir]