A soldier’s loneliness

A soldier’s loneliness is naked and unforgiving,
Others’ last as long as last their grieving,
Those soulful songs, the night’s long,
Those large pegs of rum, the beating of drum,
Beloved’s love is his strongest armor,
The heat is benign, the wind is calmer,
Come storm or rain; snow or sleet,
On the battlefield there’s often no retreat,
Sound of gunfire, cries of bleeding,
Fear of death goes unheeding,
The wind go hiding when bullets rain,
On the barren land thousands lay slain,
When you pass by a place where a soldier rests,
Halt for a moment, and think; he died many deaths.

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