William Miller Herschell

(1873-1939 / the USA)

The Kid Has Gone To The Colors - Poem by William Miller Herschell

The Kid has gone to the Colors
And we don't know what to say;
The Kid we have loved and cuddled
Stepped out for the Flag today.
We thought him a child, a baby,
With never a care at all,
But his country called him man--size
And the Kid has heard the call.

He paused to watch the recruiting
Where, fired by the fife and drum,
He bowed his head to Old Glory
And thought that it whispered 'Come!'
The Kid, not being a slacker,
Stood forth with patriot-joy
To add his name to the roster--
And God, we're proud of the boy!

The Kid has gone to the Colors;
It seems but a little while
Since he drilled a schoolboy army
In a truly martial style.
But now he's a man, a soldier,
And we lend him listening ear,
For his heart is a heart all loyal,
Unscourged by the curse of fear.

His dad, when he told him, shuddered,
His mother--God bless her!--cried!
Yet, blest with a mother-nature,
She wept with a mother--pride.
But he whose old shoulders straightened
Was Granddad--for memory ran
To years when he, too, a youngster,
Was changed by the Flag to a man!

Comments about The Kid Has Gone To The Colors by William Miller Herschell

  • Susan Williams (1/31/2016 2:28:00 PM)

    Military service changes the boy from the moment he signs his life away on the dotted line. The Army will lean a boy down, rid him of nonsensical notions like love thy neighbor. The kid has gone to the colors in more ways than he knows. And we are proud of him- and it is good that we are- but there is part of us that fears for him and really wishes he had not signed up. (Report) Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/31/2016 4:19:00 AM)

    The kid has grown up to be a nice young man. Very nice. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/31/2016 2:15:00 AM)

    And to play with nature. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (1/31/2016 12:23:00 AM)

    No longer a kid; now he's a soldier. Enjoyable poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

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