Laurence E. Rutt
“WolfWalker”

A SOLDIER DIDN’T CRY

I watched a soldier say farewell
And hold his family close
He laughed and smiled all the while
And gently wiped away their tears

But the soldier never cried…! Then Why Did I?

I watched a soldier as she kneeled
Beside the still body of a child
Her face was worn and haggard
As she gently held his hand

But the soldier never shed one tear…! Then Why Did I?

On another windswept day
I watched a soldier as he sat
Cradling the body of his friend
As her soul quietly slipped away

But the soldier never shed a tear…! Then Why Did I?

On a quiet chill November’s day
I watched the Veterans as they sat
Lost within memories of by gone years
Listening as the Bugler played out Taps

I wondered why as these soldiers cried…! Why Didn’t I?