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I Am A Soldier
by Peter Paton

Monday, January 09, 2006
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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" History will be the Judge of Mankind "



I am a soldier

A defender of my land

For God and Country

I serve and obey

I carry a weapon

For defense and peace

I have no politics

Its do or die

So please don't condemn me

Its only my job

And there but fortune

Go you and I


I pray for my leaders

That wisdom prevails

I get cursed and spat on

For carrying the can

Half the nation detests me

And say its all a game

But when you fight on the front line

Its kill or be killed

Since time memorial

Its always been the same


I am a professional

I seldom get it wrong

For Democracy and Freedom

You must make your stand

Unflinching in battle

As your buddies drop dead

We are a band of brothers

Sworn together by name

So please understand folks

Its either you or me


We bury our dead

In a foreign land

So you and your children

Can sleep safe at night

I make no apologies

I'm proud of my men

Even though we are weary

Battle scarred and dead

We'll always answer

The Call to Defend


Copyright by Peter Paton 2006
I Am A Soldier
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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/20/2006
Wonderful tribute Peter!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 1/10/2006
A soldier's creed which should be displayed on a flag under The Flag! A tell-it-like-it-is Patriotic tribute, Peter. Many thanks.

Reviewed by Only A Poet 1/10/2006
well penned and touching.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/9/2006
Peter you are a blessing to each and every soldier! How good of you to tell it like it is through their eyes. Maybe it will open some naysayers too!.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 1/9/2006
A true warrior is a noble breed, Peter, and I am very humbled by their commitment to our defense. Theirs is not a battle of politics, it is a battle of wrong v/s right, good v/s evil and freedom v/s slavery. There are not enough of the right words to explain how grateful I am to them and how much I understand and appreciate their sacrifices. Thank you for this wonderful tribute to those who so unselfishly serve for liberty for all.
Take care,
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 1/9/2006
This is an excellent piece. All too often we forget what they sacrifice to keep us free. Well done Peter. Michelle
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 1/9/2006
A wonderful tribute to those who are committed to fight for safety and freedom. They are seldom recognized as they should. Thank you. ~~Carmen
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 1/9/2006
Well said, indeed. It is so sad the squeeky wheels get so much attention. Too many want to live in a free country, but seldom want to support that freedom. A very nice tribute to our "defenders".

Reviewed by George Carroll 1/9/2006
Well said brother Peter. You do us soldiers proud.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/9/2006
Pro or not. A soldier still has feelings. More so for the men he kills. Underneath the flag of democracy.
The soldier has no options. Only to do his duty.
Duck is spot on. No one wants a war.
If England had not declared war on germany. The consequences are to horrific to contemplate.
When well we ever learn to enjoy our 3 score and 10...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/9/2006
"We'll always answer The Call To Defend" - and which of us will not do the same for those who are our nearest and dearest; it is our innate instinct to do so, so God Bless those who do it for a living and in the name of safety, justice and freedoms for all. I think also of others in our health and social/public services here... how we take them for granted. Picture is extremely moving and provoking. Without provocation, there would be no need for defence, I guess... TY for this, Peter. Kate xx
Reviewed by J M 1/9/2006
This is very powerful and patriotic an honest view and knowledge of those that serve us daily overseas. Defending their countries and flags. Powerful thank you Peter for sharing this poem.
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 1/9/2006
Thanks for this honest pen on those who decide for themselves to lay their lives on the line for us. Including the whinners who have no clue to the realities of the world. How soon so many forget 9/11 and the fact that since we've been over on their turf no major tragedies have happened. If we pulled our troops and something happened again in this country, the first to say we should have stayed would be those demanding we leave. I honor each and everyone of these brave men.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 1/9/2006
The soldier is the one that always takes the heat in battle, whether they are on the battlefield or at home. They are always in the line of fire.
I thank you for defending them, and I thank them for defending us!


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