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Mike Youds. Click the Next or Previous links below the poem to navigate between poems. Remember, Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth. Thank you.
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I’m back home from the field I have fought on
Returned to sender “into Brize Norton”.
Think not The Hero, that’s not where I’m at
Don’t fight for country, I’m no patriot
For my child, my family, all of my friends
For people I love let deeds meet the ends.
But remember when you ask me to kill
It’s at your command these deaths I fulfill.
When I signed on to serve Queen & country
Employed and fulfilled I wanted to be
Not glory, excitement, sport or travel
Certainly not my life to unravel
So I fought, I killed; I did as you said.
It matters not now; no now that I am dead.