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John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
(KJV)


Forgetful are the minds of those whose freedoms
Are bought with blood, they remember not
The meaning for which the scarlet stripes are
Meant, neither do they mourn for the prices paid by
The Dogs of War who protect these vulnerable sheep from destruction.

Ungrateful are the hate-filled spirits who usurp their
Authority to order these selfless warriors into selfish havoc
Till the gains of greed are satisfied through innocent life.
Demonic crusades beckon the rites of cowardly nobles to
Make a sacrifice of soldiers, whose worth is but
Dirt in the eyes of safe beholders, yet, no disgruntled
Remark will be heard from these Hell-walkers; they walk
Upright with heads high and hands tightly pressed
To leg without complaint; their duty: Courage.


By: Ben Dilliard
Copyright 2010®
Old English style poem about how ungrateful people can be toward their military that defends their freedoms in foreign countries, take from it what you will
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KreepingSpawn Mar 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sadly true. Very well crafted.
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wow this is such a powerful poem. you are a good writer :)
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BDilly12 Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thank you very much =]
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inb4flamethread.

As an Atheist, the bible qoute means little to me, but I see it's intention and what you're trying to convey. The poem is also very nice, it flows well, it's comfortable to read and gives you good, vivid imagery. My only one point is the subject you yourself said. Do soldiers defend us? Indeed they do. Do they in the current wars? In my opinion, no. But that's hardly their fault. I respect all soldiers, I don't respect the government however. (Inb4liberalcommieinsult, i'm English.)
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BDilly12 May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
To answer your question about whether or not soldiers defend civilians. The general populace may think that we fight for them and for country. Wrong, we each have our own motives of why we joined, most because they needed a job but, when it comes to being in battle and taking fire...you no longer care about who you fight, what you fight for, or the reasoning behind it all, reality almost begins to twist and the only thing you can discern from it all is that your best friends, your brothers, are getting hurt or dying. The only thing you care about is the safety of the man standing to your right and left, they are all you have in these times and you will fight till your last breath for them, we don't fight for the country, the people, or the government, we fight for each other to bring each other home alive.
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