ST (1941 / Jug Fork, Mississippi)

The Soldier Boy Lies Dying

The Militant Soldier Boy
Lies dying. In shame,
His body lies in disgrace,
Because he could no longer face
The Innocents.

The Innocents, the ones who died
At his hand in that foreign land.
He saw them in his dreams.
He saw them when he was awake,
Or walking about his hometown,
His place of safety, his refuge.

They stood beside him
At the altar
Of his church,
And when he was at work,
Until he could no longer face
The Innocents.

And so, with his Soldier Boy's
Tattered Honor gathered about him,
His heart gave a sigh.
He decided he must die,
Shamed and alone,
Like the Innocents.

Dedicated to all soldiers who must live with the horror of death.
Scarlett Treat, March 26,2007

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Comments (9)

War is what it is, A souless thing, A pendulum of grief and destroyer of all things, Your poem gives an insight as to how it can effect peoples lives, For that it is commendble.
This is so sad Scarlett, but it airs a veiw-point that is seldom seen, compassionatly written Take care Love duncan X
Far from being a disservice, this is a powerful attack on those who criticise the military, Scarlett, and I think it is great. I see the repetition of 'The Innocents' as an ironic critique of those who view Iraq as a land of the occupier and the occupied. They are deluded in that view. A really great piece, Scarlett.
It is a hard poem to get through must ‘ve been even harder to write
I must have missed something, when i joined this site 1 year ago next week. I had no idea that everything i would read or write must be of an auto-biographical nature, or of the Poet's personal viewpoint....I thought some of us were storytellers....I for one, fall deep into this chimerical category....and those who read me regularly know so.Silly me...Must I now pull all my Poems & change the tone & diction to mirror my mind...Surely no one would be so inclined to find me as interesting as my stories...Great Work, Sweet Scarlett...Pen away & have some fun! ~ FICTIONAL FRANK ~
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