[Vision2020] Bury Me With Soldiers

Dick Schmidt dickschmidt at moscow.com
Mon May 30 07:21:59 PDT 2005

Good poem, Tom. Thanks for sharing it.

Dick Schmidt

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Hansen" <thansen at moscow.com>
To: <vision2020 at moscow.com>; <vandal at uidaho.edu>
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2005 5:58 AM
Subject: [Vision2020] Bury Me With Soldiers

> Bury Me With Soldiers
> (Author Unknown)
> I've played a lot of roles in life;
> I've met a lot of men,
> I've done a lot of things I'd like to think
> I wouldn't do again.
> And though I'm young, I'm old enough
> To know someday I'll die.
> And to think about what lies beyond,
> Beside whom I would lie.
> Perhaps it doesn't matter much;
> Still if I had my choice,
> I'd want a grave 'mongst soldiers
> When at last death quells my voice.
> I'm sick of the hypocrisy
> Of lectures of the wise.
> I'll take the man, with all the flaws,
> Who goes, though scared, and dies.
> The troops I knew were commonplace
> They didn't want the war;
> They fought because their fathers and
> Their fathers had before.
> They cursed and killed and wept...God knows
> They're easy to deride...
> But bury me with men like these;
> They faced the guns and died.
> It's funny when you think of it,
> The way we got along.
> We'd come from different worlds
> To live in one where no one belongs,
> I didn't even like them all;
> I'm sure they'd all agree.
> Yet I would give my life for them,
> I know some did for me.
> So bury me with soldiers, please,
> Though much maligned they be.
> Yes, bury me with soldiers,
> For I miss their company.
> We'll not soon see their likes again;
> We've had our fill of war.
> But bury me with men like them
> Till someone else does more.
> Author unknown
> --------------------------------------
> Take care, Moscow.
> Pro patria,
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
> U.S. Army (Retired)
> "Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the 
> tranquil
> and steady dedication of a lifetime."
> --Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.
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