A young marine proudly stands tall,
studies the names on the black wall.
Traces a steady hand upon a name,
Within his heart feels a burning flame.
Sorrowful eyes flow with soulful tears,
for a soldier not known throughout his years.
With pain and sorrow etched in his eyes,
and an inquisitive mind that will not die.
A broken heart in this young man’s chest
dedicated to a father who did his best.
Seeking to findl recompense,
to remove his mortal consequence.
Determination reflects strength of conviction,
offers a ceremonial prayer, a solemn benediction.
To his protector and faithful disciple,
a Marine known only as his father Michael.
This young Marine salutes his father
Take hold of the hand of his widow mother
This soldier’s brilliance knows no bounds
for a son who wears his name like a royal crown.
Copyright © Johnny Martinez | Year Posted 2017