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The Common Folk

The Common Folk

A Poem by Barbara Walker

written when thinking about our soldiers and war

We, the people,
the common folk,
the store clerk, the plumber, the cook,
the secretary, the husband and wife,
love our country, love our freedom,
love our way of life.

we have many faults,
we are not a barbaric people.
We'd like to live our lives in peace,
seeking the knowledge and happiness we desire.
if only wars would cease.

We detest the cruelty,
we abhor the killing,
but, freedom is never cheap,
we know it has its cost;
the price has been many loved lives lost.

The citizens who defend our freedom,
stop their individual pursuits,
joining the service, the army, the navy
or they become a marine
and when one goes to war,
life is anything, but serene.

Despite their inner fears,
they are proud to serve,
keeping the U.S. our country,
they fight for us all,
making freedom possible for you and me.

I hope the day is near,
when people don't force
their religious beliefs,
their politics and their way of life on others.
This world would be a better place,
if we all could be, as brothers.

© 2012 Barbara Walker

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Wow, this gave me the shivers. Great tribute or our heroes with a wonderful message attached. Nice one Barbara! Kudos.

Posted 8 Years Ago

I love this! It's politically neutral. I don't see how anyone, no matter their beliefs, could not agree with it!

Posted 8 Years Ago

"This world would be a better place,
if we all could be, as brothers." a very important ,timely message. simply and sweetly written.
love and blessings dear.

Posted 8 Years Ago

loved the message its conveying..specially beautiful end..we should all be brothers and double standard not insulting others and respecting everyone equally...great work

Posted 8 Years Ago

As John Lennon said in a message to all the world leaders...War is over if you want it..Truth is...they don't

Posted 8 Years Ago

very very true

Posted 8 Years Ago

Wow so true and such a powerful message. I wish more people would understand. Good job.

Posted 8 Years Ago

Thank you, maidahl, for the review and kind words on chronic pain. I feel for your uncle. It would help us a lot if the DEA wouldn't intimidate doctors, with threatening to take away their license to practice, by giving pain patients the medication they need to live some kind of quality life. The DEA just thinks of pain patients as addicts and woe to the doctor who understands what we are going through and tries to help us! I wish every member of the DEA had to experience chronic pain. They would change their tune, so fast!
I like your thoughts on government. You ought to read my poem," The Senate, etc." I write of the tactics used to distract us, etc.
Again, thank you.

Posted 9 Years Ago

And I'm sorry about your chronic pain. I'm sure Jejus will help that if you just have some faith. Really though, my uncle has severe migrain, jaw issues, and chronic back pain. It really changes everything. He's tried every drug they've got. I hope you find a better solution than him. Really. It blows.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Those common folk should stop being distracted by social worthless issues like gay marriage and abortion and focus on finance and taxation. They get distracted and vote rep. It's all a distraction. Who does an aborted baby affect, other than its immediates? These wars are rallied by ignorants. It's worthless, meaningless fodder for the next generation to be so complacent and not care about what's the crux of politics. MONEY AND TAXES. health care laws, for example. Religion is a distraction so people vote for god's party and get poor and whine, but vote for genius idiots like Romney. Sorry. I loved this poem. It inspired a rant outta me. I am definitely your target audience.

Posted 9 Years Ago

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Added on June 11, 2012
Last Updated on June 11, 2012
Tags: war, killing, army, navy, marine


Barbara Walker
Barbara Walker

Lake Havasu City, AZ

I am retired from the Postal Service. I find I write poetry to help myself through difficult times and I have written many poems in response to the chronic pain I've been living with for over 30 year.. more..


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