The soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.

''Step forward now ,you soldier

How shall Ideal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?''

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

''No Lord, I guess I ain't'

Because those of us

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But I never took a penny,

That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills go just to steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes ,God, forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It needn't be so grand,

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand.''

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where saints had often trod.

As the soldier waited quietly,

For the judgement of his God.

''Step forward now, you soldier,

You've born your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell.''

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20 Replies

  • Heart rendering. Thank you. Give generously this Rememberance Day.

  • Very moving isn't it Suzy6

  • Brilliant,excellent author. KOTC you could not of time this better. For the chose few. Berwick

  • I always feel sad this time of year. The loss of relations that I never knew Berwick

  • arwwwwwwwww bless em all Joanx

  • For sure Joan

  • Loved it. Nannyb xxx

  • It arrived with me at the right time nannyb

  • Very good.!

  • Thank you Mavary

  • Wonderful post King, just at the right time for rememberance day.Bless them all.

  • Bless every single one of them through the years Wendells

  • very apt. In a perfect world we wouldnt need them Joyce

  • If only Joyce

  • Very movingxxx

  • You are so right Ohtwo

  • I've only just come on the site as I've been to my local breathe easy meeting today. A very poignant poem KOTC.

  • A tearjerker letys

  • Excellent - thank you xx

  • A timely rendition undine

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