An Old Soldier

A Tribute to all veterans, and all of our brave soldiers, God bless you!

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Friend, I have faced many a difficult battle,

by Loyd C. Taylor, Sr. Click to read full poem

Comments (31)

What a beautiful and spirit filled poem this is. I can so clearly imagine the scene in the hospital. The ending is so poignant and made me shed tears. Blessings to you and for honoring the soldiers and particularly your dear departed father.
Loyd, You are a huge inspiration to teaming generation of young versatile poets like me....and with another brilliant poem like this, your place among the best here remain unshaken... Thanks for sharing this poem. R.I.P to your friend
It's a beautiful poem. You seems to have first hand knowledge of the war theatre. Men become soldier not because he wants to die for his country, but the events may make him get hurt and even die, some only fall into this state. And those of us left behind may have sad tales to tell.Some are lucky like me. You may call it luck or fate. But life is a wonderful play. After all life is an game in unpredictable. Game. Truly very good write. Thank you for sharing.
when a soldiers life is through, he will sit waiting for you, he waits to say good-bye because he'll see you on the other side.
Hello, Loyd! I much like your poem, so sincere, moving and solemn. Wish that place without wars to be on the earth.
I wish the entire world community would read poems like this, to see the effort behind their safety and well being that is brought by soldiers and the pain they go through, thanks Loyd... its really insightful.
I stood at full attention to salute him, .. nice tribute as war veteran i too concern for the safety and security we need peace to live at ease not for us but people around us
I remember my grandpa talking to his other older friends. I could tell when they were reminiscing about their World War II years, they didn't want the 'kids' to hear any of their war stories. I could tell there was a special bond between them, even if they were in different places in war, or even in different wars. At his funeral, some people I've never seen before showed up simply because they were veterans coming to show there respects for a fellow veteran. I hate war but is does seem to make special bonds in the people it effects most. This was a beautiful, though sad poem. And it reminded me about my grandpa, so thanks. Darla :)
I stood at full attention to salute him, And said, 'So long, Dad... now go on... rest in peace.' though we don't know anything about the place or the destination that our souls have to go and rest, we all assume that place is quite nice with no war and evil.. any way thank you for sharing such a wonderful story and I salute all soldiers of the world for their dedication and sacrifice..
Its a lovely and a tragic poem and i think it shows us the final result of war
It's a lovely poem in giving tribute to the old and veteran soldiers. I thank you profusely to remember them
A very fluent and polished poem, an excellent execution and presentation and conveys the camaraderie between soldiers every well.
Wow totally intense imagery and expression! ! Outstanding poem - 10 -10s for this one. A truly fantastic tribute to vets everywhere, brought tears to my eyes. My Dad was a vet, is image came to my mind at the last verse. Thank you for a truly great poetical masterpiece.
what a great poem! loved the imagery
Great piece of work. Thanks for sharing this poem with us; and, great thanks to the men of valour. Even though, it is not easy with the muse of war. E.K.L.
i enjoyed this very much, the conversational style enabled me to put myself in the place of the author.
I acknowledge your request to read your poem titled An Old Soldier. The poem was well written and all veterans should have an opportunity to read it. Take care. Respectfully, Joseph T. Renaldi
It's the reality and a natural truth. I liked reading it. Thanks. .
i like this a lot. and the ending caught me by surprise, though it fits what was said at the beginning about the visitor's feelings as he walked down the hallway toward the patient's room. i like the rhyming and the story. i think this could be replayed with people who have never been in the military (as i have not) , but i'm sure many military lives and relationships would cause such feelings as well, especially involving 'soldiers' who had been in conflict. well done. a good tribute to veterans........and dads....and friends. thanks for sharing. bri :) . .
A beautiful and heart wrenching write which brings a tear to the eye of even the most hard hearted. Also the perfect poem to remind all of us to remember those who have served and continue to serve not just this Memorial day, but every day. For they don't put their lives on the line on just one or two special days a year but every day of the year. A very fine write you've penned Lloyd! Kudos to you! ! !