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A Simple Soldier

A Simple Soldier

Korea
1953
He was, he told us, a simple soldier,
followed directions.
always obeyed his commander,
looked out for his men.
“A soldier does that,” he said.
He never told us –
about the mine that went off
and the man left behind.
He never told us – –
how he crawled across that mine field
to retrieve his man and carry him out.
He never told us,
about the cost
of what a simple soldier does.

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October 28, 2011 · 8:38 pm