General Poetry posted November 1, 2015 Chapters:  ...11 12 -13- 14... 

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An old soldier reflects on his deeds.

A chapter in the book WW1

Medals of Honour?

by Eric1

Poem of the Month Contest Winner 
I walked right past him on the street,
No shoes upon his dirty feet,
That spindly thin skeleton form,
Wrapped blankets round to keep him warm.

He held his hand out - begged for cash,
I caught a glimpse, just a quick flash,
Arrayed across a ragged vest,
A row of medals on his chest.

Why was he there.. how could this be?
A man who fought for his country,
Forced onto streets no fixed abode,
Worldly belongings, 'neath him stowed.

Rich people with their shopping bags,
Rush by the soldier dressed in rags,
They walk right by, ignore his pleas,
Young children stop to taunt and tease.

I gave him cash, he took my hand,
'My friend, listen, please understand,
I chose this life for I have sinned,
Though medals on my chest are pinned.

I've gone to war, seen horrid things,
Seen what hate and greed can bring,
Seen old men weep and children killed,
Seen women raped, men's lust fulfilled.

Yet I don't suffer as they did,
Of suffering I am well rid,
I helped create this world of sin,
And now asked God to come within.

Forgive my sins for what I've done,
To trust me as he would his Son,
Who died for all - that we might live,
Each day I ask God to forgive;

I bared my soul for all to see,
These medals are nothing to me,
I regret the path that I have trod,
And soon will be with my true God'.

With that he rested.. short of breath,
He surely was so close to death,
I called the medics on my phone,
But he was gone, his spirit flown.

I looked above as he lay there,
And saw his spirit climb the stair,
May that man's war forever cease,
That he might find eternal peace.

His medals, now in a Museum,
Lots of children come to see them;
Yet the owner wanted nothing more,
Than an end to senseless war!

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My thoughts on the way some ex army personnel are treated, fortunately we have an organisation in the UK called 'Help for Heroes' and of course the British Legion, but from what I read on here other Veterans don't fare so well.

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