Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tribute To A Soldier

                                                     A brave and determined soldier
                                                     in a lonely, distant land
                                                     with his gear on his back
                                                     and his weapon in his hand

                                                     He follows his instincts
                                                     although the elements are rough
                                                     with a hunger in his stomach
                                                     he's grown patient and tough

                                                     He knows his job well
                                                     and does it best as he can
                                                     he hasn't slept in quite a while
                                                     sleep's not part of the plan

                                                     His mind wonders back
                                                     to his home faraway
                                                     those beautiful, smiling faces
                                                     are the highlight of his day

                                                     That sweet, little baby
                                                      he hasn't even seen it yet
                                                      he longs to hold it so
                                                      and knows it's grown quite a bit

                                                     Then back to work he goes
                                                      with war there's no end
                                                      he'll hold on to his thoughts
                                                      until he sees them again

                                                     The determination in his heart
                                                      has become mighty strong
                                                      to fight for what he believes in
                                                      and everything he's known

                                                      The price for freedom
                                                       he's willing to give his all
                                                       in the eyes of his country
                                                       he's a man quite tall

                                                       His reason for being there
                                                       the old red, white and blue
                                                       and that makes him a soldier
                                                       through and through

                                                       Susie Swanson, 2010

I know it's early but Happy Memorial Day to everyone and let's not forget the reason for it..
I may be gone fron Blogger for a little while. My brother is back in the hospital with hurting in his chest again..They are running tests to see what it may be..He's the one that had By Pass Heart Surgery back in February..He was doing really good and went back to work a month ago.. But with this type of surgery, who knows what can happen..I personally think they (the doctors) push things along a little to fast..Of course like everything else, modern day medicine has come a long way.. Please keep him in your prayers and May God Bless..Susie


  1. Remembering your brother in prayer, Susie.
    This is a beautiful poem for Memorial Day. From our kitchen table we can see the flag on our neighbor's porch representing their grandson who is in the service and has a baby on the way here at home.

    1. Thank you, that's so nice to see ..there's so many people with love ones and it's must be so hard on them.

  2. I'll keep praying, Susie, but please keep us posted.

  3. Lovely poem Susie. Does your brother take Magnesium and fish oil? Both help the heart and are natural. I give them to my Ray and I take them also. xxxx

    1. Thank you Crystal, no he doesn't take it but I will mention it to him..

  4. I so appreciate your beautiful tribute to those serving our country, Susie! May God restore your brother's health and give wisdom to his doctors!

  5. Hi Susie, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. I hope that he gets the best of care and I'll sure be keeping him in my prayers. I agree, they do push people a little fast these days, some people need a little more time to heal and bounce back from major surgery. I hope they have his pain under control and that he will be home with all of you very soon. Your poem is very inspiring and heartfelt as always, you have this unique ability of really imagining what it would be like to walk in someone else's shoes. Your poetry is such a gift! Sleep well tonight my friend and I hope that your brother and the family receive good news real soon. Delisa :)

    1. Thank you Delisa, they do have his pain under control..They did a catherization today and put two stints in..his heart disease is progressing fast and they are going to monitor him more close..Hope you sleep well too..

  6. Sorry about your brother Susie,
    This was a most touching poem I could feel it coming from your heart.
    God bless you all.

  7. Such a beautiful tribute, Susie~ and I'll be praying for your brother.

  8. Ohhhh! Susie ... this is the most awesome piece ever!!!

    Hope your brother will be ok, sweetie. We are with you all the way, lifting.

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~

  9. Thank you, Susie, for reminding us about the true meaning of Memorial Day; not just burgers and baked beans!

  10. That's a lovely and touching poem, Susie. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Susie,
    This is a touching poem. You captured the true meaning of Memorial Day in this lovely poem. I hope you had a good weekend.
    Sorry to hear your brother is having chest pains. I sure hope and pray he will be fine.