Colin F. Jones

ANZAC DAY, 2003 (THE SOLDIER)

The soldier serves the Lord and all mankind,
Serves best his comrades whom he left behind;
He serves the people of his nation’s states,
And harbours all the wounds of their mistakes.
He suffers guilt and from the torrid scene,
Suffers pain where pain cannot be seen.
He bears the burdens of his countries hope,
And gives his life that those in fear may cope.
He is not fearless thus he must be brave,
He obeys his leaders but is not a slave,
He’s just a man trained in higher skills,
Who’s duty bound thus duty he fulfils.
He is a Warrior, the keeper of the peace,
Who fights in war to ensure that it will cease.