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Somewhere Tonight a Soldier Stands

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Somewhere Tonight a Soldier Stands

Somewhere tonight a soldier stands
The fate of freedom in his hands
He mans his post, he stands his ground
In trouble spots the world around
He could be 18 or over 30
All spit and polish or down and dirty
He might be wearing Army green
Or the uniform of a proud Marine
He could be Air Force flying cover
Or Navy in their crafts that hover
He could be Coast Guard on a river
No matter what he will deliver
He’s pledged to give up life and limb
If that is what is asked of him
And all he’ll ask for in return
Is the respect that he has earned
These footsteps that he chose to follow
Echo through the years so hollow
His grandpa’s grandpa’s grandpa’s fought
With Washington their freedom sought
They rode with Grant or maybe Lee
Fighting for their family
And when the Kaiser declared war
They joined to give the guy what for
Then when that German Hitler reigned
They signed up for that war’s campaign
Korea in some  frozen field
They stood their ground, there was no yield
And in the jungle, Vietnam
Never knowing peace and calm
They fight despite the known syndrome
Of what awaits them back at home
In Desert Storm and in Iraq
And Afghanistan, they have our back
They fight for honor, fight with pride
But through the years so many died
Though some may question why they fought
Let’s end this now with this one thought 
Somewhere tonight a soldier stands
The fate of freedom in his hands


We have a history club here in our community and the chairman of the club asked if I would write a poem for an upcoming meeting all about Vietnam with vets from each of the service talking about their experiences during that war.  I wrote two poems - this is one I will read at the meeting.

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  1. Date: 7/8/2012 6:15:00 PM
    mike, congratulations with your wonderful win -xox~pd

  1. Date: 7/6/2012 11:38:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win in Gail's contest Mike. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/6/2012 10:16:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win... A worthy poem about a worthy subject and equally worthy men.

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 5:08:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 8:40:00 AM
    Congrats on your win, Mike, with this superb historical write! I'm sure your reading went well. Truly excellent! Love and Blessings, Rhonda

    dailey Avatar mike dailey
    Date: 7/4/2012 11:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The reading did go well. It even defused a discussion between what soulded like a 1960s protester and a young man that just enlisted.
  1. Date: 7/4/2012 8:00:00 AM
    congrats Mike on a wonderful write and win for this masterfully touching poetry luv..

    dailey Avatar mike dailey
    Date: 7/4/2012 11:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Linda. I always feel honored when you comment so sweetly on my poems.
  1. Date: 7/4/2012 6:19:00 AM
    Many congratulations on the win with this great write!

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 9:23:00 PM
    I bet your poem was very much appreciated at that meeting, Mike. I just love the message and what you said at the end of it. Congrats.

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 9:20:00 PM
    This is truly a great poem Mike. I bow to you. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 5:01:00 AM
    this is absolutely beautiful! after reading two humorous poems of yours this morning, it was very interesting to read a serious poem in the same style. i love the fact that rhyme can be used equally well for both the comic and the tragic and you've nailed it in all your poems, but especially so here.

    Courtney Avatar Courtney Courtney
    Date: 7/7/2012 1:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    good luck with your book it's really nice poetry
    dailey Avatar mike dailey
    Date: 6/27/2012 8:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I do have a serious side but really enjoy the lighter side of life. I worked for the Army (as a civilian) for 30 years so I have a lot of poems for and about the military. I think have enough for a whole book someday.
  1. Date: 6/26/2012 9:55:00 PM
    Fantastic write, Mike. A wonderful tribute to our armed forces. Love, Kim

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 8:08:00 PM
    This is quite good. You shoulod enter it into the contest for soldiers.

    dailey Avatar mike dailey
    Date: 6/26/2012 8:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    OK - I will