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Babatunde Aremu


Mr Soldier


Mr soldier is woken by the beagle
Left, right he is marched on by the whistle
The sound of the whistle
Is a clarion call to duty
Off he goes
Leaving the wife only with a goodbye kiss
And the children with a wave of hand
Whether he returns or not
Does not matter to him
Mr soldier must obey the call
The love of fatherland supersedes all
As a mule sanctioned to cultivate
Mr soldier is drafted to quell riots
The man of war is commanded to war
He must stop the terrorists
He must go after the rebels
He must maintain peace abroad
All his life is service
He is ever dutiful
He is always battle ready
Mr soldier is a sacrifcial lamb
If he is victorious
He is a hero decorated with epaulets
If he is terminated at battle
He becomes an effigy
And he is tagged as unknown soldier

Submitted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 20, 2013

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Dedicated to Nigerian soldiers who are constantly drafted to maintain peace within and abroad

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  • Rookie - 3 Points John Brown (10/1/2013 3:53:00 AM)

    It's sad, but man's greatest talent it seems is to become expert at blowing other men to bits. Good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 104 Points Ruth Walters (10/1/2013 2:37:00 AM)

    I hate wars and politicians who send men to die when at the end, when all is done we all have to talk to each other and come to some sort of compromise about our issues, our differences. Yes I respect a soldier for defending his own but when we are really civilised, hopefully there will be no need :) It is much harder to create a life than to destroy it, much harder to build than to knock down.......but often the easier route is taken. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,227 Points Ramesh Rai (9/23/2013 10:24:00 PM)

    The life of a soldier is fully dedicated to his country and her people. a great write. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,320 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (1/26/2013 2:20:00 AM)

    the life of a soldier is very haunting! even after he retires, he has to live with his sad and cruel memories! a nice poem on soldiers! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,010 Points Valsa George (1/22/2013 3:24:00 AM)

    So true! So realistically you have portrayed the life of a soldier! At all circumstances, he has to respond to the call of duty. If he wins, he is hailed a hero and if not, an effigy to be burnt down! A nice dedication! (Report) Reply

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