Ann-Marie Spittle

FOR MY COUNTRY

I stand here in the uniform they gave me when I joined
I was the one who run to sign the papers and serve my country
Now I am in a far off land that I cannot pronounce the name of
And I wonder
Is it my war?
Is it my fight?
Should I really be here?

Then I remember why I ran so fast
I wanted to make my mother proud
I wanted to stand up for her rights
I wanted to be the hero of the hour
And add my name to others who did so before me
And I am at peace

I am where I should be
Doing what I am supposed to do
Wearing the clothes that are my second skin now
And I am proud to be the person I was trained to be

I will not hide away when faced by those who do not believe as I
But I will stand and look them in the eye and let them know
When they were sat in the comfort of their home
That I was there
And made a difference