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what its like to be that soldier?

risking your life and sacrificing alot

but not every one can call themselves that

think of what you do during the day while they dont sleep

that chance to not come back home, their families that weap

scary?? hearing and seeing bullets fly

rounds striking skin battle buddies that die

feeling of mortar rounds striking the ground beneath your feet

IED's exploding under one of your battles HUMMWV

the sound of a 50 cal going off nite and day

bodies falling around them now what do you have to say?

you think your story is hard

try being a soldier for once and you tell me

try living their life and seeing what they see

days in and days out with no relief

and you say you think your scared??

im scared for their families grief

being a soldier is not what you think, its what you are

being strung up in a gang killing dont make you that star

that real soldier is defending this country and whats right

firing rounds down range not giving up with out a fight

seeing your buddies shot and die with their blood on your hands

are you really that soldier or do you stand back in the stands?

waking up and breathing each day hoping its not the last you make

the fear is what keeps them alive but thats a give or take

soldiers losing everything that they once adored

spouses leaving them cuz they cant wait or get bored

its not easy being that soldier even from the good you do

its not a get up one day, kill and walk away thinking you're through

when you're a soldier thats what you are each morning you wake

you live it and you breathe it in with out a rest or break


by Taneia J. Nelson

Copyright © taneia nelson | Year Posted 2011


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  1. Date: 5/18/2011 1:38:00 PM

    Welcome to Poetry Soup..so enjoyed reading this touching creative write tonight.. my youngest son is in military in Libya right now.. hope u have fun on P.S. as u continue to share with luv..