Elena Plotkin

A Soldier - Poem by Elena Plotkin

I rather die a hero in battle than die a coward in my nice warm bed.
I rather shoot a stranger down than see my friend lying nearby dead.
I rather go through hell and back than have my country suffer another attack.
I rather be a soldier deployed far away than be nobody important when I get back.
I rather die for my country than have my country try to heal all my wounds and cares.
I rather be on active duty than out recruiting others at college fairs.

(c) 2013 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Topic(s) of this poem: soldier, soldiers

Poet's Notes about The Poem

I once took this poem down when it sparked some ill feelings. I now bring it back but it is by no means to offend. This poem is written not to offend but to remind people what it is to be a soldier. And why a soldier does what a soldier does.

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  • (5/1/2016 5:53:00 AM)

    extraordinary elena.... really no one else except a soldier is greater after god! ! .. thanks for devoting your time to honour the soldiers! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 6, 2015

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