In April of 1983 I was sitting in the cafeteria at Edwards Air Force Base when I got the word that 16 Americans had died in a terrorist attack on the United States Embassy in Beirut. As my heart sunk to the floor, I was stirred in my spirit to record these words in requiem for the fallen soldier.
I feel before me the earth's contour Converging at my person I pause and rage in disbelief Of this precarious situation
A preponderance of evidence Has led me to believe That death could be my next door neighbor In rambunctious befuddlement, forever if I live These seconds I will never savor
Auspicious are the men Who in these dire moments they may perish To elude time from the torment For the loved ones whom they cherish
A graphic depiction of dilapidation Distraughting, yet true Disenchantment has befallen There’s tragedy in Beirut
We stand erect, our heads to the sky In requiem for the fallen soldier.