Lynn C. Price

IF

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: April 16, 2007
Awarded: April 16, 2007
If I should die before I wake,
I pray my sins have been erased.
A Soldier’s soul will now be free,
For blood I shed for my Country.

If just once I have no dreams,
Of seas of blood and soldiers’ screams,
Tomorrow’s dawn is worth the wait,
Don’t weep for me, for it’s too late.

If war is just and sanctified,
When will sins be rectified?
For just one hill or mountain top,
Who declares it’s worth the cost?

If I shed tears o’er brothers past,
Just walk on by for tears dry fast.
Memories are all I own,
Each precious name that’s carved in stone.

If there’s a place beyond the sky,
Where Soldiers gather with clearer eyes.
You’ll find me there with many men;
A Warrior’s mission never ends.

If you find peace in my last farewell,
Know I died that you may tell,
Those brave men who still stand tall,
How proud you are they guard those walls.

If a bugle echoes that lonesome sound,
Just one salute will be my crown.
Shed no tears for I am gone,
These Soldier’s boots have now found home.