A Combat Friend

I am haplessly entrenched near a road,
Bogged down by the war's heavy load.
Then as I view the skirmish ahead,
My mind is overcome with a dread.

I can not envision what lies beyond,
That curve, that field, that placid pond.
Will I encounter bloodshed, captivity and tears,
Or will I overcome my deeply rooted fears?

Will I feel pain and anxiety within my frame,
Or charge with a vengeance leading to fame?
I grit my teeth, knit my brow and groan,
When suddenly I realize I was not alone.

There beside me was a fearless friend,
A friend on whom I can trust and depend,
To lead me into battle whatever betides,
I smile with confidence and then follow him - my guide.

by Joseph T. Renaldi

Comments (4)

good poem, being in the army i had a good career, made life long friends, you learn so much about team and depending on each other, like nowherte else.
Hi Joseph, I can relate to this because my Dad was a veteran in the Canadian Army. He didn't speak a lot about it but he did speak to me about a friend who had died. The war left my father mentally ill. At the time they didn't have a support system for the vets. and this was really sad because my father paid the price. He fought for 7 years in the Korean war. Your poem was excellent and again you write with excellent imagery. You are a talented writer. Take care.
Dear Joseph This subject i've never really understood.War! Not so much the reason as we are so flawed more the cost Brilliant piece of work AGAIN! Thankyou.....Love Duncan
love this. never been to war but get from you the view.