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A legion of Soldiers

 A legion of soldiers right by my side,
 Ready for battle, we shall nor run nor hide;
 Courage and honor our vows we keep,
 Searching for triumph and not knowing defeat,
 As the enemy approaches, we have no fear;
 My sword yearns for battle, as the time's growing near,
 I turn toward my men on this cold winter night,
 Look upon these soldiers ready to fight,

" Tonight Men! You may sacrifice your life, 
 You may not go home to your children and wife,
 We stand up for glory, no matter the cost,
 We shall not go home with this battle lost,
 We fight for our people and hold our flag high,
 Showing true courage on this very night,
 Our enemy shall buckle underneath our strength,
 We will show them no mercy for we are not weak,
 Gather your armor and follow me now,
 Time that we make our country proud."

 I feel the cold steel, of my, blade in my hand;
 I shall conquer the enemy who tries to steal my land,
 My horse rides swiftly, valiant, and true;
 The time is now for what I have to do,
 The sound of the cries, agony, and pain;
 It's filling my ears and testing my brain,
 Can not feel guilt of taking one's life,
 The pain sheers my side, as I, feel the knife;
 I feel my head spinning, as I, look around;
 Bodies of men and their blood on the ground,
 The realization begins sinking in,
 What is the outcome? Who really wins?

 Every man here is giving their life,
 So who's really wrong or who's even right?
 I fall to the ground and the darkness sets in,
 Remembering my life, family, and friends;
 The life of a soldier is not an easy one, you see?
 We sacrifice ourselves for others to be free,
 As my life leaves my body and my limbs grow cold,
 I remember a story my grandfather told,
 " Everyone says there is glory in dying,
 The fact of the matter, maybe, we're lying;
 I've seen many battles that tortured my soul,
 Memories to haunt me, as I, grow old;
 It's good to have courage and strength in your heart,
 But that's why there's wars tearing us apart.
 I don't regret my service or leading my men,
 I just always wondered, when does it end?"

 His words had no meaning, until, this very night;
 My breathes grow shallow and there's clouds in my sight,
 I may die a hero and go out in glory,
 In the end, I only, remain a story;
 We are all equal people with lives to live,
 Why can't we find peace and put war to an end?

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  1. Date: 7/18/2014 3:54:00 PM
    Thanks for the reply on my comment...Linda

  1. Date: 7/1/2014 8:15:00 AM
    many congrats on your top spot Roxie xx

  1. Date: 7/1/2014 5:56:00 AM
    Roxie! Wow!! I believe you could both rally troops to victory and with them to find another way to settle their differences.. Congrats on top win with this outstanding write.. Hugs.. Arlene

  1. Date: 7/1/2014 2:11:00 AM
    Congratulations on your Victory Roxie! I respect the egalitarian and moral philosophy of this poem. The scene is made very well, I have internalized it with enthusiasm. War is an act of freedom. J.A.B.

  1. Date: 6/30/2014 10:59:00 PM
    Congratulations Roxie on a job well done. I enjoyed reading this poem... Verlena

  1. Date: 6/30/2014 10:26:00 PM
    Congratulations, Roxie, nicely done...Linda

    Perry Avatar Roxie Perry
    Date: 6/30/2014 10:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you sooo much!
  1. Date: 6/30/2014 10:21:00 PM
    Fantastic poem Roxie! Way to start out at the soup! You have done the best job of anyone making me feel that you and I both are in the poem, watching the scene unfold, and you also were the best at exemplifying courage, etc.

    Perry Avatar Roxie Perry
    Date: 6/30/2014 10:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you!!!
  1. Date: 6/27/2014 2:00:00 PM
    Hi Roxie, this is a magnificent tribute that would make any Roman soldier proud! I love the imagery and how you creatively brought these brave soldiers back to life. BRAVO.Warmest regards.

    Perry Avatar Roxie Perry
    Date: 6/30/2014 10:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you!!!
  1. Date: 6/26/2014 3:33:00 PM
    Ps., Your Beauty, Looks Like Marcia Aka, Maureen McCormick ? From Their Brady Bunch Except With Dark As Lovely Hair...Has Anyone Ever Mentioned That To Yourself, Roxie ? Straight To The Faves, Baby Girl! |*.*\(*{{....

  1. Date: 6/26/2014 3:09:00 PM
    Bravo, Bravo, Bravo ~ I Keep Listening To Alanis Morissette's, Ironic ? How A Few Across Time Can Cause 'Sooo Much' Pain For So Many In Essence, Children ~ But There Is A Reason For All Things Aneath This Sun: Albeit, Surreal As Perplexing That, Such As Has Been Can So Easily Continue To Be ? What Did Paul Say Unto Timothy -- A Faithful Soldier Of, `GOD,` Does Not Entangle Themselves Within The Affairs Of This World ? Our Warfare Is Not Carnal Yet Spiritual *.* |*.*\ ....KLove *

    Perry Avatar Roxie Perry
    Date: 6/26/2014 3:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm glad you enjoyed this piece! It's something completely new to me but I took great pleasure in writing it. I wanted to embrace a different point of view on the subject. No one has ever compared me to her but I'll accept your compliment, for, she is a beauty! Thank you!! :)
    Street Avatar Jeremy Street
    Date: 6/26/2014 3:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry