Colin F. Jones

A SYMPTOM OF COURAGE

He clothed in steel looks boldly set,
The other so naked looks feeble yet,
For in his own shadow he attempts to hide
While the other is weakened by false pride.
Step forward the one who is afraid to die,
But they both cringe away to live the lie.
Fear should not show on an officer’s face,
Lest his soldiers lose prides strong embrace,
For a fearful leader is the enemy’s friend,
Against which his troops cannot defend.
Yet troops all cast in his command,
Bring greater strength to an officer’s hand,
That by their faith they raise courage in him,
That he walks boldly forward determined to win.