Nancy L. Meek

HE GOES TO WAR

to fight for God and Country
to satisfy some need…
to feed his hungry family,
to make the bad guy bleed,
to pad his college fund,
to tour an ancient land,
to make the ladies swoon,
to join the Navy Band,
to earn his dad’s respect,
to tell his mom, “Don’t cry.”
to show how tough he is,
to curse and kill and spy,
to fill his kids with pride,
to keep our free world free,
to glean tall tales to tell
to grands upon his knee,
to bond with fellow soldiers,
to age before it’s time,
to sleep beneath a viaduct,
to beg for lousy dimes,
to risk a limb… or two,
to do what must be done
to win the war on terror,
to prove it can be won.