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November 10, 2012


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The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

~Author Unknown~

Thinking of the worlds soldiers. Every last one of them.Thank you all for fighting for your country.
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Direrain Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm a foreigner mate, and even I've heard the mantra:

If the armies and the navies
Ever look on Heaven's Scenes
They'll find the Streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

Even so, my heart goes out to all soldiers on today.
Damn awesome man. Good job!
I gotta agree with ya guys, soldiers never do get enough respect.
Epicsunrise Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks but I didn't write it and where I read it it was written by unknown.I wish I could give the person some much die credit.
Epicsunrise Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
skullmaker66 Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is beautiful
Epicsunrise Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
skullmaker66 Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no thank you
GeneralTate Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SpectraTaika Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome, man. :D I agree, soldiers don't get enough respect. Thanks are deserved for them.
Epicsunrise Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So true.So many times they return from protecting our country and get nothing,no respect,no help.It sickens me.
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