A Courageous Soul

A Courageous Soul

A Poem by Robert Ray


A brave boy is born, reared;

Strong, honorable, his parents.

A courageous boy is made, forged;

Rugged, self-reliant, his merits.

 

A brave man speaks up,

Pleading for others to listen.

A courageous man stands up,

Speaking, without invitation, his conviction.

 

A brave man fights back,

Defending himself and his brothers.

A courageous man attacks,

Preemptively but righteously, for all others.

 

A brave man aims and fires,

Repelling the enemy, seemingly unafraid.

A courageous man ends the fight,

For all, hurling himself on the grenade.

 

The brave man goes home,

To his family and a new life.

The courageous man goes home,

To engraved granite and an afterlife.

 

The battle long over, a brave man’s story fades and dies.

But, dead or alive, the courageous man inspires and thrives.

 

 


© 2018 Robert Ray



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This is the most impactful thing I've read from you so far. I'm stunned by the well-crafted construction of comparing two seemingly similar "types" of man (brave & courageous -- most people wouldn't make a distinction). In general, I hate the way society expects men to fall into such categories, or else he's not "a real man" (not to mention my lifelong anti-war & anti-violence stance) . . . so in a way, I'm also catching a side message on a sardonic note. But it doesn't detract from your main message, which is to lay out this comparison & let the reader decide if it's better to be brave or courageous. Deeply thought-provoking for the reader & filled with your thoughtful considerations for each type (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Robert Ray

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Thank you, Margie. As you, I appreciate the readers' various interpretations and takeaways. Withou.. read more
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Finding out that tidbit about you has enhanced the way I read this poem!



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Great piece! Very well put

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A great tribute to military, police, and anyone standing up for others. Thank you for your service

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Robert Ray

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Thank you and to all who wear the uniform, shield or star. Much appreciated.
This is the most impactful thing I've read from you so far. I'm stunned by the well-crafted construction of comparing two seemingly similar "types" of man (brave & courageous -- most people wouldn't make a distinction). In general, I hate the way society expects men to fall into such categories, or else he's not "a real man" (not to mention my lifelong anti-war & anti-violence stance) . . . so in a way, I'm also catching a side message on a sardonic note. But it doesn't detract from your main message, which is to lay out this comparison & let the reader decide if it's better to be brave or courageous. Deeply thought-provoking for the reader & filled with your thoughtful considerations for each type (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Ray

5 Days Ago

Thank you, Margie. As you, I appreciate the readers' various interpretations and takeaways. Withou.. read more
barleygirl

5 Days Ago

Finding out that tidbit about you has enhanced the way I read this poem!
A courageous man...to granite and an afterlife” great couplet here, and how true - it’s as if courageous men are denied lives and must die, but there trade-off is they get immortalized (for a few generations, at least, until that tombstone fades or is demolished to make room for plastic future or shopping mall.) he may live on for a generation more in a book or two that a college student picks up in the stacks. In any case, courage needs to be constant and stubborn (and generational). It cannot be let to die. Or it will lose posterity very quickly.

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Robert Ray

1 Week Ago

Thanks for reading another poem. Much appreciated. I especially enjoyed reading your comments. Ve.. read more
A brave man doesn't acknowledge when we is brave too. he doesn't know he is brave. Love this write. you have established rhythm and a wonderful rhyme scheme. So very nice.

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Robert Ray

2 Weeks Ago

Thanks much for reading and sharing your thoughts. Greatly appreciated.
I really loved this I think it’s so easy sometimes to use brave and courageous as the same thing but your poem shows words can be so powerful and we should think about words we are using everyday as your poem dipicts the two words perfectly

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Robert Ray

3 Weeks Ago

Thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate you taking time to read and share your .. read more
Wow, I really enjoyed this write. I feel strength and emotions through out. very nicely written

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Robert Ray

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you. It's good to hear it touched you a bit. I appreciate the kind review.
All of us are warriors in our own ways. All of us have been through battles, some lost along the way and some won the battles. Life is a constant battle and we, humans are all warriors. Beautiful poem you have wrote.

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Robert Ray

3 Weeks Ago

Thanks very much! I appreciate you taking time to read and review.
i really like the form of your sentences and the language you used, it flows wonderfully. love the story too, the message is striking. great work, really enjoyed it!

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Robert Ray

3 Weeks Ago

Thanks very much. I sincerely appreciate your time and comments.
First, the title. The courage that is expressed is an outpour of the SOUL.
Your poem portrays courage as being synonymous to kindness, which makes every little deed doer a hero. And that's the truth about life.
You also remind us of the immortality of good. Great poem.

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Robert Ray

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you for reading another poem, Glennise. It's good to read your kind words. Very much appreci.. read more

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