K (1991 / Bury St Edmunds)

The Soldier

the soldier is given the order to run
by the officer 6 miles away
the soldier is killed by a machine gun
whilst the officer is 6 miles away
the soldier is left lying on the ground
by the officer 6 miles away
the soldier is buried without a sound
while the officer sleeps 6 miles away
the job is done
the war is won
by the soldier,6 feet in the clay

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Comments (8)

It seems, as I continue reading your poems, that you are fond of our soldiers and what they do. Amen sister! :) This poem is very realistic and sad. It gives me tears in my eyes when they show another soldier has died, almost like the song 'Somebody's Someone' by Richie McDonald. It talks about him telling his son why he's crying and that the soldier was a hero, father, friend, etc. Very emotional and moving song. Very beautiful poem.
this may be a Private matter, but no generals died today was a poem by the original commenter (just to clear things up)
The statement read 'this may be a Private matter, but no generals died today'. Notice the p in Private is capitalized, meaning a soldier, the lowest in the Army, or Marine rank structure. So in a way, the poem is a Private matter....love the poem, been a soldier for 12 years now and still driving on. keep up the good writing.
What is all this about private matters and private problems? A poem is a poem. All poems are private to the writer. The poet chooses the subject and presents it from a certain angle. I think the angle from which this poem is presented is right on. True, the ones who die are not necessarily the ones who stared the conflict. Must death be the only answer to resolving conflict? The poem is well said and clear in content. Adeline
Omy! I love it! I am 15 and I am desperatly trying to graduate next year so I can go fight in Iraq...Your poem has made me even for selous...thanks...and commit me...
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