Poems

Anti-war poem?  I guess it could be, but more than anything it came out of a need to not forget those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for country, and the Sergeant Major did and should never be forgotten. Personally, I had two brothers serve during the Vietnam Era, an uncle in Korea, another in WWII, and a grand-uncle in the Mexican Revolution. As a little boy I remember visiting my grand-uncle in San Ysidro, California. Honor and duty I respect.

However, someday I would love to see peace waged with the passion and courage reserved for war. I think violence is a form of insanity. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

 

 

 

In the Spirit of the Scottish Poet Robert Burns and his poem

A Man’s A Man For A’ That

 

For Sergeant Major Jerry L. Wilson (Top Soldier)

 

What is spoken here is spoken from the heart

 not of politics, or religion,  

nor of the ideology and cost we bear 

for a man is a more than this 

more than that and all that 

a man who speaks the truth  

and walks the truth  

and carries the burden few will imagine 

or endure 

is a man who will lay down his life 

is a man for that and all that

 

so today I speak of Command Sergeant Major Jerry L. Wilson 

who gave life for country  

and of the men who sent him 

whose cross he bears 

yes, I say to them 

to those who sent him 

a man is his word for all that and that 

and a man who does not keep his word 

but rather changes it from this to that  

and wraps it around the pillars of fear 

like a serpent 

is not a man for that and all that

 

a man I tell you 

lies in the dust of Mosul 

nineteen years and ten months

country served 

two months from the sweet embrace of home 

two months from the warmth of a kitchen table 

sitting, spinning tales of old  

then sent to give his life 

to bear our countries heaviest burden 

for a lie of this and that 

and tit for tat 

men in suits in big white houses 

men in suits surrounded 

by marble and purple drapes  

and portraits, and linen with 

fine white china 

decisions made by them

 

not for good of country and citizen 

but made for the sake of them 

these are not men for that and all that 

and yet they stand before us 

and wrap their words  

around the fallen  

around the coffins 

that they will not let us see 

will not let us grieve 

they ask that we be one 

that we be strong 

they ask us to send our children 

to their graves  

but they do not let us grieve 

they are not men for that and all that

 

no say I 

I shall dissent

in honor of  

in memoria of 

Sergeant Major Jerry L. Wilson 

 

 

for I listen and I see 

I am hep to what the word means 

their words tainted and cracked 

they do not stand on the square 

in the matter of men 

honor and duty, God and country  

what words are these to them?

I shall dissent

 

they who schemed the opportunity 

to feel the burden of what 

they ask him to carry 

they are not men for that and all that 

 

yes, I take my hat off to 

Command Sergeant Major Jerry L. Wilson of  

The 1st Battalion 502 Infantry Regiment 

2nd Brigade 

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 

Top Soldier

 

into the twilight of time  

fade not

 for the sacrifice  

makes the star bright 

and a man for that and all that

 

HOO-AH 

Top Soldier 

I will not forget 

I shall dissent 

Command Sergeant Major Jerry L. Wilson 

1st Battalion

 

BLUEST EYES

your eyes

are the bluest eyes

i have ever seen

like a cool winter morning

sky

your  eyes

are the bluest eyes

i have ever seen

so deep they seem to run

so true they seem

to be

your eyes

are the bluest eyes

i have ever seen

and

in a  sudden

smile

in your eyes

a

sudden gleam

that leads the way

to a tender

kiss

your eyes

are the bluest eyes

I have ever seen

 

 

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