My Father was a Soldier

by David McDonald
(Fife, Scotland)



My father was a soldier,
a man of honour and pride
I never knew how loved he was
until the day he died
Then came the calls of sympathy,
of support and of love
All these men from his life before
would bear him on shoulders above

I talked to most and asked of them
“please tell me of this man”
“I never really knew his life
and I want to know all I can”
They spoke of one who stood beside
when all others would flee
No matter what the peril they faced
“he always stood by me”

They spoke of my father as a hero
and told tales which had me in awe
I could not believe this quiet man
was the man that they all saw
I knew then I had not bothered
to ask my father what he had been
I never spoke to him about his past
or of the things he had seen

My father was not just a soldier
he was a hero to me and my kin
We stood by his grave with a new found pride
and smiled as they lowered him in
His place of honour was assured with God
our hearts were swollen with pride
The man we knew as our father
had given us something special inside

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Jul 28, 2012
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Thank you for your words
by: David McDonald

"My Father Was A Soldier" is from my fifth Book "The Great War in Verse" which is now out of print, I have however had a song made from the Poem along with others. You can hear it and see a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nUTRKr4bzw

Thank you for your kind words

Jul 26, 2012
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7 months ago
by: Anonymous

My husband was a Vietnam combat veteran, USMC. He passed 7 months ago. I wish I'd had this back then to help comfort his children at the graveside.

Thanks for posting this. It will help many in their sorrow.

Jun 16, 2012
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A Hero
by: Anonymous

We do one thing badly, WE DON'T SHOUT OUR PRAISE OF OUR FORCES ENOUGH.

A touching poem which takes the humanity of war and the personal involvement of family.

Jun 16, 2012
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Speechless
by: Rachel

wow that is such an emotional poem I love it would love to see more.

Jun 15, 2012
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how many are unaware
by: Anonymous

I would be surprised if this does not happen more often than we might think, how many got to war yet never speak of it when they return/

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