Mark I. Kirkmeyer

I WOULD HAVE DONE IT ANYWAY
(To the Music of Trisha Yearwood’s “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway”)

Mark I. Kirkmeyer: I Would Have Done It Anyway

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: June 3, 2005
Awarded: June 3, 2005
If I’d ‘a known the way that this would end,
If I’d ‘a read the last page first,
If I’d ‘a seen the wounds and twist
If I’d ‘a known how this would hurt –

I’d ‘a done it anyway;
I’d do it all the same.
Not a battle I would change;
Not a wound that I would trade.
Had I known my mind would break,
I would soldier anyway.

It’s bittersweet to look back no,
At memories strengthened over time.
Just to keep you safe and free,
For a moment in time.

I’d ‘a done it anyway
I’d do it all the same.
Not a jump I would change;
Not a wound that I would trade.
Had I known my mind would break,
I would soldier anyway

And even if I’d seen it coming,
You’d still‘ve seen me running,
At the enemy firing my arms:

I’d ‘a done it anyway;
I’d do it all the same.
I’d ‘a done it anyway
I’d do it all the same.
Not a jump I would change;
Not a wound that I would trade.
Had I known my mind would break,
I would soldier anyway