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Below is the poem entitled Veteran 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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A frail figure walks by me
Drooping shoulders, and eyes that can't see
Shoulders that once were broad and proud
His words still commanding, though they aren't loud

A ragged coat on his back to keep the winter away
He salutes his flag, watches it sway
With medals shining on his chest, he marches with grace
His shoes torn yet so shiny, in it you can see your face

With tears in his eyes, his medals he does offer
As the nation doesn't have money in its coffer
To feed and cloth him, to protect his dignity
Forgetting how he fought our enemies without a trace of pity

Isn't there something we can do, soldiers and civilians alike
Can't we restore his sight, his pride, his might
Should we just watch the spectacle of how from grace he fell
Or should we make an effort so that his fears we can quell

Wake up! Oh! great nation, from your slumber so deep
We too have promises to keep
Let us help him live, change the trend
So he is at peace, when his days end

Copyright © Manoj Kumar

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  1. Date: 5/14/2012 10:27:00 PM
    Its a tribute to our Veterans reminding us not to forget what they hav done for this great nation.Salute to u

  1. Date: 11/4/2010 8:47:00 AM
    That is a good poem.. I got lost in it while reading it.. The sentiment is conveyed but I know the message will take its time to reach those who have chosen to be deaf! But sir...something is missing The theme is apt but I feel you could have done better justice to it.( I say that because... it is not exactly.. Manojsir..ish.. I still am not clear as to which part it is that makes me think like this, but it sounds forced at times... let me think about this)

  1. Date: 10/27/2010 6:50:00 AM
    Very nice pen picture you have painted of a true veteran, Manoj