Robert V. Schweitzer

UNFORTUNATE WARRIORS

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Bronze Helmet Top Poet Award for Excellence - February 2003

Stuck inside a jungle
Miles away from home
Clinging to a weapon
Feeling all alone
Used to think it worth it
All the blood and pain
Lately he’s been wond’rin’
Is it all in vain

Unfortunate warriors do the impossible every night
For ungrateful people who don’t think that he’s right

Stuck inside a jungle
City neon lights
Taking badge and pistol
To the naked night
Sworn to be a helper
Protectin’ those in need
Wonders if it’s worth it
As he sees his brothers bleed

Unfortunate warriors do the impossible every night
For ungrateful people who don’t think that he’s right

There’s a song about the warrior
A song they know so well
They know they’ll go to heaven
They’ve done their time in hell
And Jesus must have thought
Hangin’ on the cross
I’m feeling so much pain
Hope my message won’t be lost

Unfortunate warriors do the impossible every night
For ungrateful people who don’t think that he’s right

Author’s Note: I wrote this poem after doing some work with our police department. To all Vietnam vets and men and women in blue who wear the badge, I dedicate this poem.

©Bob Schweitzer
January 8, 2003