Treasure Island

David A Harris

(9-12-1992 / bakersfield, CA)

Ode to the Fallen Soldier


Ode to the Fallen soldier,
For he has made the ultimate
Sacrifice for his world.

Ode to his Mother for while
She lives, the grief and sadness
Take their toll on her mind, as
She goes throughout her day,
Answering questions like “are
You ok? ” and “where is your
Son, I haven’t seen him for a while? ”
She always answers, “yes I’m fine”
Or, “he’s away.” But she knows, inside,
She can’t deny.

Ode to the son he left behind,
For he will grow up without
Knowing who his father is,
Only what he’s done. Never
Will he play catch in the yard,
Like the neighbors next door.
Never will he hear that “Man to
Man” talk, that all boys should.

Ode to the music that will never
Be heard, for the only music
He made, rests in his heart.

Ode to the art that will never be
Seen, for the only art he made,
Remains in a box underground.

Ode to the Fallen Soldier, who
Died so we could live, the way
All mankind should, happy and free.

Submitted: Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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  • Linda Ori (9/22/2009 11:03:00 AM)

    A sad, heartwrenching tribute to one who had the guts to put his life on the line for the benefit of those he left behind. I worry every day when I hear that another soldier (or several) has fallen, that they are becoming statistics, rather than human beings, as the numbers rise daily. We need to remember each one for the individual that they were, and not lump them into the statistical category of 'casualties of war', which I fear is happening in the news media coverage.
    Thank you for making the effort to do just that, David - bless you!

    Linda (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (9/22/2009 11:00:00 AM)

    David, you reflect what a lot of people have felt when wars take away their children, their husbands, fathers. A very good poem my friend. Top marks and thanks for sharing it with us.
    All the best
    David (Report) Reply

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