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Poem regarding war, and much more.

studentathletechristian8
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10/10/2009 8:59:28 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
Here is a poem I discovered regarding war and how it affects families.

Title: "American Soldier."

The day had come to leave for the war in Iraq,
Mike wanted to serve his country, and stop the attack.
He packed his uniforms in a brown linen sack,
and said farewell to the many he was leaving back.

Mike's family tried to persuade him to stay,
but he trained so hard and was prepared to go away.
He was proud to be an American soldier today,
and his family understood, but prayed for a delay.

As Mike was boarding for the oncoming flight,
he viewed a fellow soldier directly in sight.
Mike asked the soldier why his face was full of delight,
and the soldier responded that his wife gave birth last night.

The soldier regretted ever going to Baghdad,
for he knew when he returned his baby would be a lad.
Mike realized this deployment would be very sad,
because this new father couldn't be a hands on dad.

Mike then realized the emotional hardships of war,
he had not really put them into consideration before.
Physically he was ready, but his heart ached much more,
and the thoughts of his wife and child; he could not ignore.

Mike closed his eyes and prayed about what to do,
asking God to guide and show him what is true.
He felt a presence surround him and suddenly he knew,
God would watch over his family, and console him too.

Two years later, Mike went back to his house,
and embraced the entire family; especially his spouse.
Everyone was speechless; they were as quiet as a mouse,
God had protected them, and kept them safe in His house.

Any thoughts of feelings about the poem?
feverish
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10/10/2009 9:21:57 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
I think it's a pretty crap poem to be honest. Sorry If you wrote it yourself.

Maybe if I agreed with the sentiment (Pro war, Christian) I would see past the crappiness and find it moving. Probably not though.
studentathletechristian8
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10/10/2009 9:24:21 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/10/2009 9:21:57 AM, feverish wrote:
I think it's a pretty crap poem to be honest. Sorry If you wrote it yourself.

Maybe if I agreed with the sentiment (Pro war, Christian) I would see past the crappiness and find it moving. Probably not though.

Ha. Why would you think I wrote it myself? Anyway, I feel that the poem is not pro war. The poem itself represents how war ruins family life and how patriotism is coming before family.
feverish
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10/10/2009 9:37:20 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/10/2009 9:24:21 AM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 10/10/2009 9:21:57 AM, feverish wrote:
I think it's a pretty crap poem to be honest. Sorry If you wrote it yourself.

Maybe if I agreed with the sentiment (Pro war, Christian) I would see past the crappiness and find it moving. Probably not though.

Ha. Why would you think I wrote it myself? Anyway, I feel that the poem is not pro war. The poem itself represents how war ruins family life and how patriotism is coming before family.

As you didn't cite an author, I had no way of knowing who wrote it. I'm glad if you didn't because I wouldn't have wanted to offend you by dissing the poem.

I can see how you could interpret it as being anti-war but it seemed to me that the message was that if you fight a just war, then God will protect you. Maybe I'm reading things into it that aren't there.

I think the impacts on families are only a small part of the negatives of war and that the deaths of innocents are a greater tragedy than the familial problems experienced by volunteer participants.
Volkov
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10/10/2009 9:44:58 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/10/2009 9:37:20 AM, feverish wrote:
I think the impacts on families are only a small part of the negatives of war and that the deaths of innocents are a greater tragedy than the familial problems experienced by volunteer participants.

Well, that is relative. If a family member or close friend who was in the military died in a war, would you care more about that family member or friend, or about the innocents possibly killed in the war? Not trying to be mean or insensitive, but they are very different priorities, family and strangers.

Anyways, I have to agree with feverish that this poem isn't really "anti-war," more so that it is "trust God." You can easily construe some of the lines to be anti-war, and maybe this sort of is an anti-war song with a "trust in God" twist. But regardless, it isn't specifically against a war.

It reminds me though - I just watched the movie Pan's Labrynth last night and while it isn't really an anti-war movie, you can see the impact of such tense, dark situations on a family and, specifically, a child. This poem doesn't go into depth like that.
feverish
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10/10/2009 10:44:42 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/10/2009 9:44:58 AM, Volkov wrote:

Well, that is relative. If a family member or close friend who was in the military died in a war, would you care more about that family member or friend, or about the innocents possibly killed in the war? Not trying to be mean or insensitive, but they are very different priorities, family and strangers.

You're right. My apologies to anyone who has lost friends or relatives in military service.
LeafRod
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10/11/2009 6:42:25 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
I mean, it's just kind of a lame poem. Very literal, too short to give any details, and the simple rhyming pattern actually makes it sound kind of juvenile, which doesn't work especially for such a topic.

No offense to anyone, of course. Haha.
I-am-a-panda
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10/11/2009 7:40:08 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
The prayer pre-supposes the Americans fought the good fight. So it's terrible :P.
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