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

3 Days Ago

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

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Finding out that tidbit about you has enhanced the way I read this poem!



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Powerful, with a great pattern.

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Robert Ray

3 Weeks Ago

Thanks very much. I appreciate you taking time to read and comment.
Wow! This is really good and so well written. Quite an intriguing write as well as emotional in a way. I enjoyed this.

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Robert Ray

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you very much. I appreciate your time, and your feedback. Happy writing!
Truly beautiful poem!
One imagines a pure leader growing, until he becomes ash. But he is never forgotten, as memories live on. Well done.

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Robert Ray

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.
Your concise but mix of different viewpoints are something to consider, . be inspired by, then- learneed from - or not. Your writing sems a little tentative at times as if wondering whether or not to put a question mark. Perhaps you're not wanting to sermonise or dictate.. merely invite.. .

I read the following or as near as i remember, quite a while ago.

The brave man walks his own path but has perhaps once or twice, acted without thought because he HAD to help another human being. The other man walks according to military direction whether he wants to or not. Both cam endure and/or suffer. the aftermath.

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. You have seen that my poetry (a term I use loosely.. read more
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

Words are supposed to beckon debate, desire or - in the execution of deeds - lkely death!
A hero's memory will stay forever in the heart of people. Yes, this is not just about the warriors. Anyone could be a hero. Sometimes in our very own way of helping others, our good deed will always be remembered especially when we do it with sacrifice on our part.
I like the style of this poem. Keep it up!

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.
Robert, this is an incredibly moving poem. As a veteran from a family of veterans and I'm certain others who have been fortunate to have read this, your words have touched us all. I read to poem to my 87 year old dad, who still carries his Vietnam service on his shoulders and you now have a follower.

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you! Your message means more than you know. This is why I write.
The soul of the most courageous men/women lives on forever. It's a wonder where we'd be today if it weren't for the strength of our ancestors.
A powerful piece, nice work...

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you, sir. I appreciate you taking time to read and comment.
Your case elegantly made; a most lyrical and deeply insightful portrayal.
Gratifying read!


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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Jimmy. Much appreciated.

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Robert Ray

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