Colin F. Jones

SHELTERED LIVES

A hollow boulder will make the innocent cringe,
But yet the experienced one, not even singe.
The more time passes the more doubtful we become,
We learn to walk where once we might have run.
But some lead sheltered lives and live by rule,
They are like teachers who have not left school,
Who can talk of war but have never fired a shot,
And use their knowledge to criticize and plot.
Soldiers lead sheltered lives who’ve served awhile,
Those who are long among the rank and file,
Whose term in combat is minute in service years,
They gather privileges from their long career.
That on discharge they have a paid for life,
That lacks the struggle and resulting strife.