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The General


The General stands at attention, West Point tall and straight
Gazing at row upon row of white headstones
On his shoulders lay the finality of their weight
Soldiers in his command, good men and women
Lives so fleeting, barely begun and unselfishly given
Sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, gone too soon
Heroes all, each presence was a heartfelt and generous boon
To the families who now endure the silence of empty rooms.

The General remembers Captain John Carroll, dad to John, Jr., and Cheryl
Humorous Private Linda Markham, daughter to Bill and Carol
Corporal Tom Perkins born in Kentucky, shy yet strong and plucky
There was Linda Chavez, David Yee, Mary Lee, Joel Goldstein,
Luther Brown, Nicol Hood, sisters Mary and Marsha Bodeen
The General wonders sadly if the list will ever end
As faces and names boomerang relentlessly inside his head.

The General’s anguish as always is hidden from sight and sound
Years of discipline and training keep his feelings internally bound
He’ll issue exact and calculated orders knowing full well
The inevitable consequences will take him into hell
When wounded and dead soldier counts are officially documented
Depleting roll calls of America’s finest, so valiant and dedicated.

The General raises his arm in a perfect salute
Eyes filling he strains to keep his visage calm and resolute
Hoping his appearance and poise reflect his affection and respect
For the military members lost in battle to his sorrow and regret
And to whom he and America owe an unfathomable deb
tRifles fire, “Taps” resounds, each soldiers’ earthly debts forgiven
The General reflects to himself that these brave men and women
Blessed and committed to the earth in albeit hallowed ground
Deserved life and curses at the consequences in what all wars’ abound.

The General stands at attention, West Point tall and straight
Gazing at row upon row of white headstones
On his shoulders lay the finality of their weight
Humbly the General speaks to all who lie before him
“Listen up Soldiers as I express your worth to Country, kith and kin
You’re our Nation’s greatest assets, special and unique,
We’ll miss you and deeply mourn your absence
And the generously given lives that war made incomplete
I was Country proud to serve with you
And Military proud to command you, too,
I’m a better man and soldier having served on your behalf
In His Hands God will help you rest in peace at last”.

Author: Carol Zic
Logan, UT 2011



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