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Below is the poem entitled A SOLDIER- I WAS which was written by poet Manoj Kumar. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Lonely I was when I stood staring at the sky
Had a gun in my hand, was too afraid to cry
Fought bitter battles and never lived to tell
How at the altar of freedom, my body fell

My soul searches for reasons as to why I died
Did I save my people, had I tried?
Do they remember me, my deeds, my name
Are they proud of me or did I bring them shame

My battered body stood testimony to my fate
My heart had stopped in a battle brought about by hate
I had screamed in pain, and shivered with fright
But before I died, I did put up a fight

Remember me, my beloved country
It was I, my men, who brought you victory
I fought to the last bullet in my gun
I was a soldier, I was your son

Copyright © Manoj Kumar

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  1. Date: 7/28/2015 6:40:00 AM
    Great poem...!!! Patriotism and martyrdom highlighted...salutations to all the soldiers who encounter death defending their country! Flow and feel of the poem touched my soul....

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 6:11:00 PM
    Phenomenal!!! The pride, the hurt, the questions, the pleas - the emotions are brought across wonderfully!!!

  1. Date: 8/25/2009 8:04:00 AM
    this was amazing..this really was very touching and it makes me sad because I have family fighting for us and this says it are a wonderful writer

  1. Date: 3/10/2009 9:50:00 PM
    nerve tingling...gave me goose bumps as I read it. still at a loss for words...Beautiful! despite all the pain and sorrow, that's just what it is - Beautiful...

  1. Date: 1/11/2009 5:15:00 PM
    Sigh. Light & Love Debbie Guzzi

  1. Date: 1/2/2009 6:27:00 AM
    Terrific. I love the flow of this poem and the writing that gives us a different viewpoint.

  1. Date: 1/2/2009 6:02:00 AM
    As I sit here this morning reading this masterpiece, I cry...for the questions you ask, I am sure many are asking...orders must be followed, a soldiers duty, and some with their twisted thoughts think the brave men, and women in uniform started this is their duty to do the best job they can....whether right or wrong, orders have to be followed.......I love this, it made me cry, but I love the message.....always, Christy