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Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Unknown Soldier By Billy Rose

Rating: 3.7
There's a graveyard near the White House
Where the Unknown Soldier lies,
And the flowers there are sprinkled
With the tears from mother's eyes.

I stood there not so long ago
With roses for the brave,
And suddenly I heard a voice
Speak from out the grave:

'I am the Unknown Soldier,
The spirit voice began
'And I think I have the right
To ask some questions man to man.

'Are my buddies taken care of?
Was their victory so sweet?
Is that big reward you offered
Selling pencils on the street?

'Did they really win the freedom
They battled to achieve?
Do you still respect that Croix de Guerre
Above that empty sleeve?
'Does a gold star in the window
Now mean anything at all?
I wonder how my old girl feels
When she hears a bugle call.

'And that baby who sang
Hello, Central, give me no man
Can they replace her daddy
With a military band?

'I wonder if the profiteers
Have satisfied their greed?
I wonder if a soldier's mother
Ever is in need?

'I wonder if the kings, who planned it all
Are really satisfied?
They played their game of checkers
And eleven million died.

'I am the Unknown Soldier
And maybe I died in vain,
But if I were alive and my country called,
I'd do it all over again.
Emily Moralez
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COMMENTS
sedsfs 29 April 2019
why u a? gfgfgdgdf
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naomi 13 October 2018
mistake-it's-hello, central, give me no man's LAND
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Carolyn 31 December 2017
One mistake in the first line. There is a grave. Not graveyard. Other little mistakes also.
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beautiful poem...a satire..the soldier has fought in vain...'him' in his family nothing can replace...the last two lines is the irony...the best i read this morning...write more
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Nooruddeen Mm 22 October 2009
Nicely written in a simple manner Very good and meaningful Post more Rgds Nooruddeen
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