This Memorial Day weekend spotlights the 'Unconventional love" of our American solders for their country.Here's My Salute to them:
AMERICAN SOLDIER I AM
I sleep in fox holes
With little to eat
I stand at my post
In cold, heat and sleet.
My Dad stood watch i the jungles of Nam
A faithful American Soldier—-I Am.
I'm here by my own choice
I'm here day and night–
My Gramps died at Pearl Harbor
On that now fateful night;
I'm taking my turn for one and all
Making sure that Old Glory never shall fall.
I'm away from my loved ones and family
My own kids and my home;
My wife mails me pictures
Often I'm afraid and alone—
All I ask is that you pray for this son of Uncle Sam
A dedicated and faithful American Soldier—I Am.
2013 by Douglas Raymond Rose
Member Academy of American Poets