the warrior

at first glance
looks like you or me
but underneath lay
the soul
of a soldier
that we not be

a protector
a guardian
the caretaker of freedom

nameless
unidentified
yet known for
defending sovereignty

what is your pledge today
what will you guarantee
is giving thanks
part of your life
is recognition
a slice

the warrior
seeks no acknowledgement
the warrior
would warm for respect

with a head bowed
and shoulders at ease
and tears for those
no longer here
it is our duty
……………our obligation

to salute
………… the warrior


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