Michael Anthony


American Soldier - Poem by Michael Anthony

American Soldier


When I say... 'I am an American Soldier'

I'm not shouting I'm better than you.

I'm whispering, I was a boy, and now

find myself a man.


When I say... 'I am an American

Soldier'

I speak not only of this with pride

I'm also confessing that I stumble,

make mistakes,

And need competent leadership to

help guide me,

So I in turn,

can be a competent leader.


When I say... 'I am an American

Soldier'

I'm not trying to be strong,

I'm professing that I am weak and

need the strength of my peers and

country,

To help carry me on.


When I say... 'I am an American

Soldier'

I'm not bragging of past successes

I'm admitting I have failed in the past

Admitted the mistakes and tried to

right the wrongs.


When I say... 'I am an American

Soldier'

I'm not claiming to be perfect,

My flaws are far too visible

But my country needs me,

and I soldier on.


When I say... 'I am an American

Soldier'

I can still feel the sting of pain, from

seeing those that I care about die,

While we fight for those that we love.

I have my share of heartaches,

So I call upon the American People to

help guide our soldiers, when home


When I say... 'I am an American

Soldier'

I'm not better than thou,

I'm just a simple man,

Who was called upon by his country

to fight.


By: Michael Anthony, Author of: Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq. (Available at your local bookstore or online at: www.MassCasualties.com)

[Originally inspired by a Carol Wimmer poem.)


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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 20, 2010



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