Happy VerseDay my dear readers. Today’s contribution and ode to the brave and selfless men and women of our military comes a from a long-time (I wouldn’t say we’ve known each other since we were knee-high to a grasshopper, but pretty damn close) and dear friend, Ethan Hejki.
Enjoy, share, and take a minute to contemplate what it means to serve our country, and the high costs both to body and soul it demands.
I was that which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go.
I did what others failed to do. Not by choice
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing.
I took nothing from the unwilling.
I was the hero and the villain.
I have accepted the fate of eternal loneliness
and damnation for my actions
I have seen the face of terror
and the face of happiness
I felt the stinging cold of fear
the searing heat of rage
I have heard death’s whisper, beckoning to me.
I enjoyed the sweet taste of love
the bitterness of loss
I have cried pained and sorrow. but most of all,
I have lived times others would say were best forgotten.
At least some day I can say that I was proud of what I was.