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Below is the poem entitled Soldier which was written by poet Elizabeth Lindsey. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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He lies awake no words, no sound.
He cannot speak for himself.
Every bone in his body aches from long,
hard hours of fighting.
He looks back on his life.
With so many regrets.

"Daddy why weren't you there? 
Do you not love me?"
His little girls voice plays back in his head.
The regrets of not watching his only child,
not able to be there.
Now he lies in a hospital bed.
Bombs going off,  another soldier on the ground pale,  cold.
No one is compassionate.

They pull out the American Flag and cover another body,
a soldier, a brother, a friend.

He remembers days with his wife.
She never wanted him to go in the service.
He knows he won't be far behind the other corpse that's cold.

He never understood how fighting,
and people dying was freedom.

He died alone,
With no one there.
Cold, confused, scared.
He crossed the rocky bridge,
with one too many regrets.

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  1. Date: 12/9/2009 11:49:00 AM
    Many congrats on your featured poem this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 12/9/2009 2:56:00 AM
    Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. A. W. Nutter

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 4:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Elizabeth. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/7/2009 12:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured >> James

  1. Date: 12/6/2009 11:51:00 PM
    Congrats on your featured poem! ***Danielle***

  1. Date: 4/11/2009 5:49:00 PM
    You are a prodigy, Elizabeth. Powerful and compelling poem. Keep on writing and sharing. This poem is an absolute WOW. Ruben.

  1. Date: 4/10/2009 4:33:00 PM
    Wow, Elizabeth! You show so much promise for an 8th grader! This is an outstanding work for someone of ANY age! Best Wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/6/2009 4:03:00 PM
    i liked the poem. but it had quit a few errors that could be corrected but that what rewrites are for. stay in school and keep up writing poetry and it will help you in the future. john h loving iii