Memorial Day Poetry 2020

May 12, 2020

I Will

by Jean Edwards

Six young men met at a local restaurant. School days were over for all. Their spirits were high as they made their plans for the adventures they’d seek in the Fall.

The first to speak had grown up on a farm. He was shy, quiet and calm. “I will sign up for the Army,” he said, to protect this Country from harm.

“I will sign up with the Navy,” the second one declared. “I’ll sail to the world’s worst trouble spots and protect this World we’ve shared.

“It’s the Marines for me, “ the third one announced. “It’s a tough life, a jarhead once spouted. I will join in the fight no matter how tough until all the invaders are routed.”

“Flying our planes is my desire,” said the fourth one. “I’ll take our troops around the world. I will fly them safely over battle zones where our flag will be unfurled.”

The fifth young man was quiet and then arrived at his decision. “The Coast Guard’s for me, I will protect our shores from terror and derision.”

The last to speak stood up and said, “I think to the bowling alley I’ll go, and then maybe watch some movies tonight.” He laughed and said, “You guys are crazy to sign that dotted line. I will be enjoying life and having a high old time, while you are sweating and training to fight.”

What a difference it makes when maturity strikes, and young men realize what “I will” might mean. Those patriots who serve to keep our Country free will bask in Freedom’s Gleam.

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