Roberto J. Prinselaar

MEDALS

IWVPA Bronze Helmet Top Poet Award of Excellence: December 2001
IWVPA Bronze Helmet Top Poet
Award of Excellence ~ December 2001
Don’t envy a man his medals
all those ribbons on his chest
He did not try to get them
they’re not there at his request
they were earned in stinking hellholes
where no man would like to go
or in cold and wintry places
where there’s only ice and snow

He didn’t know he earned them
till they were awarded at parade
and they were bright when he first got them
but in time the colors fade
He was told he had to wear them
and to wear them all with pride
but when the memories come to haunt him
those same medals make him hide
‘cause those medals will not bring back
all those guys he left behind
and he would trade them all forever
for a little peace of mind

So don’t envy a man his medals
you don’t want to take his place
thinking back to long gone battles
and meeting dead friends face to face