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Who Are the Men

Who are these men who would leave
To storm the gates of hell’s domain?
Who are these who don't grieve
For their brother’s wounds and pain?
For the sound of a thousand feet
That march to the beat of a drum
With the bitter taste of defeat
Bringing lonely soldiers back home.
Where are the girls of the neighborhood
Whose loves were lost at sea?
Where are those who died in foreign lands
Who hung on a forsaken tree?
They come from long lines of soldiers
Whose solemn duty was fulfilled;
And their blood lay silent on the ground
When the enemy had killed.
Where are the boys dressed in blue
Who flew when their eyes were blind?
Did God bless this awful mess
That was created by mankind?
Who are the warriors destined to fail
Who rode with the cross to die?
Will they go down in history
Did their mother's cry?
Who are these who would fight us now
Has their purpose been concealed?
Only with the dark hands of time
Will the reason be revealed.

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  1. Date: 5/14/2012 11:05:00 AM
    So much grief and sorrow... a litany of woes. They say that history is destined to repeat itself, (if we don't do something about it.) In the words of PP&M - 'When will they ever learn?' A truly heartfelt piece, full of significant questions. Keith

  1. Date: 4/8/2012 3:40:00 PM
    Right on the button with this one Lizzie..) really enjoyed reading..

  1. Date: 2/1/2012 9:33:00 AM
    they are honored where ever they are. like the decorated soildiers say the guys that really deserve the metals could not return. sometimes i feel that behind the curtians of dieities that their is a quota of sacrifices that must be made to earn freedoms for mankind and nations. more that one man died on a cross but it was His that made the difference.

  1. Date: 12/16/2011 2:30:00 PM
    Proud words you emit to the brave souls who fight for our freedom Elizabeth. Your rhyme being your favourite is a delight to read :) hugs James :)

  1. Date: 11/1/2011 6:00:00 PM
    who is us who are them... big questions! Revelation is there for the taking, nice one elizabeth, peace and namaste, nancy

  1. Date: 10/31/2011 9:20:00 AM
    The horrors of war and the cry of families who lose loved ones. The souls who gave their life and never got to live full ones. Sad the world has to fight. love phyl

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 2:27:00 PM
    Who are these men of lust, greed and glory. Rip off the masks and let's see. Well that's not right. Oh no, what's the story. Well there's you and there's me. This is from Supertramp.

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 10:41:00 AM
    WOW,,,i must have to say this is my new favorite poem,,,what a write,,,you should be very proud,,,as i think this is a masterful creation in its own right,,it reminds me of so much, here on earth, and and takes me to thoughts in heaven,,thank you for all you share and for your wonderful comments.....

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 9:08:00 AM
    Great tribute to soldiers.

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 7:03:00 AM
    You are truly gifted, Liz. I can't express my feelings in words. I have to fav it

  1. Date: 10/29/2011 9:51:00 PM
    A moment of silence for me for my words are at loss. Great write.- JH

  1. Date: 10/29/2011 7:54:00 PM
    Well-written piece - Great write for our soldiers here with much purpose and depth.

  1. Date: 10/29/2011 5:10:00 PM
    love that song and your play on it. Didn't think there was anyone else who was familiar with him other than his hits Awesome lyrics. Shall I get out the gitfiddle?

  1. Date: 10/29/2011 12:11:00 PM
    an intensely dramatic creation elizabeth weaving a spell of reality ... enjoyed this expression of your thoughs luv..

  1. Date: 10/29/2011 10:21:00 AM
    Mysterious writing, it said deep thoughts of yours. Enjoyed it a lot, made me a bit depress actually, which means a great writing u have here :)

  1. Date: 10/28/2011 11:04:00 PM
    Great write indeed..(=

  1. Date: 10/28/2011 4:47:00 PM
    wonderful and powerful rendering of a subject most of us need answers to. love this excellent poem elizabeth. Harry

  1. Date: 10/28/2011 4:03:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your creative work..Very impressive work about our soldiers who defend our country..Thanks for the kind review of my work..Sara

  1. Date: 10/28/2011 3:21:00 PM
    What a powerful piece on the realities of war, my friend

  1. Date: 10/28/2011 3:02:00 PM
    illuminati-controlled governments ensure we have perpetual war...