Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 30,073 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

I Saw Soldiers - Poem by Gert Strydom

I saw soldiers
with eyes opened wide
who in fear, dutiful served their country.

They were only boys and moreover
unravelled from all humanity
and mechanical like an oiled machine.

Aged early, cold in heart and soul and besides
driven past madness and stripped from reason
to in fear, dutiful serve their country.

Without any glory or esteem
they assaulted the enemy challenging death
and I saw young brave soldiers.

Boys abandoning their own free will
and caught in a almost endless cycle
to in fear, dutiful serve their country

Boys who did not concede to the reasons for the war,
later sold out by politicians,
I saw as soldiers
who in fear, dutiful served their country.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 28, 2009

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