The Call of Duty Cries

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 03:50 -- LeeLee

I see the colors red, white, and blue lying on the ground,
And a dozen dead bodies lying all around.
I look at the flag, the last thing I might see,
And after God, most important to me.
Our beautiful flag, flag of the free,
Of our great and mighty country.
I see it in the middle of the frenzied fight,
And get new courage and hope from the sight.

Now to me the call of duty cries.
As I prepare, my life flashes by my eyes.
I think of those I love who I may never see again;
But my love for my country comes before my love for them.

Now I must save the flag from the enemy's closing hand;
I run through the whistling bullets to my last stand.
I see the flag before me, feel the pole in my palm;
Suddenly I hear a shot, then there is a calm.

I look at my shirt quickly turning red;
And know that I should already be dead.
A terrible pain shoots through my chest as I sink to my knees.
Only God can hear my silent pleas.

It was an ambush, now it is clear.
A group closes on me and I know the end is near.
I lay on the ground waiting for the final blow;
But then I hear the most beautiful sound I know.

My commander's voice rang loud,
"Come on boys! Let's take them down! Make me proud!"
They broke through, our enemies falling one by one;
And finally my mission was done.

I hold the bloodstained flag near my heart;
Then give it to my comrade, I have played my part.
I see him on a hill top with it hanging high,
And know it has been worth it even if I die.

The darkness seems to hide the light;
The sweat and blood run in my eyes and blur my sight.
I now know that for me this is the end,
A hand clasps mine hard, I see the face of my friend.

As I gasp for breath, I feel my life slipping away.
I know I will be with God after today.
Then my commander says, "Well done Soldier. The battle has been won"
My eyes close, Jesus says, "Welcome home. Well done. "


Additional Resources

Get AI Feedback on your poem

Interested in feedback on your poem? Try our AI Feedback tool.


If You Need Support

If you ever need help or support, we trust for people dealing with depression. Text HOME to 741741