Gary James Smith

Freedom's Price


War has its place in history and a savage place at that
It takes the lives of men and child for freedom's price is great
Only one winner on each side, the victor gets the spoil
Their reward for blood and sweat fought on foreign soil

No greater life hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends
This is where his duty starts and where his duty ends
To not mention bravery's call I would be, remiss
Always another stepping up to the plate when another one will be missed

Our country's birth and growing pains sometimes we take for granted
We soon forget the poppy fields where soldiers feet were planted
Remembrance Day, 'Hats off to you' Ye men of war and valour
Forgive us for our unthankfulness, it should be the thing we savour

Men who saw the threatening's of, other nations stand
And took to heart the meaning of, fine true liberty's land
They haven't quit that valiant post, they still watch and pray
Freedom cost too much to lose and give it all away

We have a flag our sourse of hope, its flown among the nations
So thankful to our men of war, we give them validation
Silent are the stories most, men do not share those feelings
When bombs went off and gunbursts sounds, with emotions tossed and reeling

But Victor's share their trophy's with, the one's they did deliver
To make this world a better place, I'm so glad I live here
Freedom's not for fickle men who take these war's so lightly
But are most enjoyed by thankful men who thank our God Almighty

That when the ocassion did arise, we did not quake and quiver
But hastened to the battlefront our people to deliver
Democracy is flourishing because of battle stations
Hope for all the people of, every tribe and nation

To witness how the people come and enjoy what our nation offers
It was all bought with freedom's price, all from warchest coffer's
A nation that's committed to, peace amongst its peers
Can only win that battlefield, through blood and sweat and tears

O Canada we stand on guard, we stand on guard for thee,
For freedom's price, 'Remember them! ' Who stood on guard for thee.

Copyright Gary James Smith
July 6,2008

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Poem Submitted: Friday, November 21, 2008
Poem Edited: Friday, November 6, 2020

Form: Prose Poem

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