Once They Were Soldiers

Once They Were Soldiers

A Poem by Dara

"Greater love hath no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13


The conversation was lively

and smoke filled the air.

The coffee pots were empty

but no one seemed to care.

Their weathered brows, furrowed

as they struggled hard to hear

the string of combat stories

going strong after all these years.

The tales of guns and roses

 filling hearts with certain yearning

to visit  far off places

and recapture campfires burning.

Paying tribute to the ones who died

long buried but not forgotten

eyes welling up with salty tears

they raise their hands to salute them.

Those gallant, elderly gentlemen

now silver haired and getting older

reminiscing about days gone by

were once American soldiers.



© 2019 Dara

Author's Note

This is a poem I wrote a few years ago. I added the 4th stanza to commemorate Memorial Day.

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Beautiful work. Powerful tribute.

Posted 3 Months Ago

being a soldier brings a sense of belonging....great risk, but shared.
"On the bloody morning after, one-tin soldier rides away"
great piece, Dara....and being in war, those who fight, hope to live to tell those tales.

Posted 5 Months Ago


5 Months Ago

To risk so much for so little given in return. Thank you Jacob. Your thoughts and opinions mean a gr.. read more
It appears the Houthi rebels are about to make a case for even more tales of guns and roses
Will it ever stop

Posted 6 Months Ago


6 Months Ago

Sadly it seems never ending. We live in a troubled, misguided world.
In such trying, dangerous times those soldiers fortunate enough to have survived conflict, their comradery a cohesive friendship that even many years later, still they are ' as thick as thieves ' including their dearly departed comerades!


Posted 9 Months Ago


9 Months Ago

Yes, my father often talked about his time in the Navy as if it were yesterday. They knew their caus.. read more
Interesting military theme. Enjoyed reading your poem 😊

Posted 9 Months Ago


9 Months Ago

Thank you very much. It is nice to see you here. I will look forward to reading your work as well. T.. read more
Your poem is a moving tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of American soldiers, and the way that their stories continue to inspire and move us even after all these years. The way that you describe the veterans as "gallant, elderly gentlemen" is a reminder that they were once young men who risked their lives for their country, and that their valor and courage should never be forgotten. The lines "Paying tribute to the ones who died, long buried but not forgotten, eyes welling up with salty tears, they raise their hands to salute them" are particularly poignant, as they suggest that the veterans are still deeply moved by the memory of their fallen comrades, and that their sacrifices continue to inspire us all. Overall, I think your poem is a powerful testament to the enduring legacy of America's soldiers, and a reminder that their stories will always be a source of inspiration and pride for our nation.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Many thanks for your wonderful review which in itself is a great tribute to our soldiers past and pr.. read more
A beautiful and heart-warming tribute to some true American heroes.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Sorry, my comment was in the wrong place before:

Their numbers are dwindling, sadly, .. read more
This is inspiring and shows wonderful appreciation. Thank you for these sweet words.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Thank you so much! It’s a small gesture for such huge sacrifices. Praying for troops in present ti.. read more
And if I may say so not just American soldiers. What a beautiful tribute that brought a lump to my throat.
Wonderfully structured and ablaze with what is right.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 Year Ago

Thank you this touching review. Yes, I can see soldiers from around the world reminiscing in groups .. read more

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Added on May 25, 2018
Last Updated on April 12, 2019




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