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11-30-08, 07:32 PM #1
"A Marine is Born"-a poem I wrote for my son
I wrote this poem in July 2006 as my son, Josh and I had several talks about him joining the Marine Corp at 26 years old. Josh is a college graduate with a full time job as a stocks and bonds analyst. I struggled with his decision and wanted to make sure that he really wanted to join. I kept thinking about the things we discussed after he joined. I finally had to put it down on paper as a way of reflecting on our many discussions. Josh would frequent NYC and Ground Zero while on business trips and felt an obligation to serve his country. Josh, a Lance Corporal assualtman just recently completed his tour in IRAQ and is back with his unit in Des Moines, IA.
A Marine is Born
Dedicated to Josh and all Service Members
My son and I sat down to contemplate
a decision that could seal his fate.
He told me "Dad, I want to serve
The US Marine Corp without reserve!"
We talked at length about the war.
He simply wanted to do much more.
Death or injury that could occur
was not enough to shake this lure.
I tried my best to sway his mind
but he held steadfast to serve mankind.
His eyes were full of determination
when he said "This is my generation!"
He said "My life's been way too good."
and at that moment I understood.
My heart grew warm and full of pride
at his willingness to replace those who died.
We pray for all that's in harm's way;
Honor, Courage and Commitment keep us safe today.
12-06-08, 11:16 PM #2
Jack ~ An excellent prose describing both you and your son's contemplation and confirmation on the desire to serve. My eyes began to sweat while reading of your well-put explanation that so many of us cannot put in to words.
I salute your son, and you for raising such a fine young man. Ooh-Rah!
12-07-08, 08:45 AM #3
"A Marine is Born"
An awsome poem, and sir you have an awsome son.
PMM Randy and Jerry
12-07-08, 08:12 PM #4
Thank you and your son also. Great job Dad !!! Dave
12-07-08, 08:15 PM #5
Great poem Sir. Are you or your son part of the Marine Corps Association receiving "Leatherneck?" That would be a great poem to submit to them.
12-08-08, 09:30 AM #6
Our Nation is blessed to have young men like this.
12-08-08, 09:52 AM #7
Thanks Jack thats an awesome prose. I hope that you don't mind if I put a moto photo on it and make it "Todays Moto" post in Poolee Hall. Thank you.
No better friend/No worse enemy
12-08-08, 09:59 AM #8
Awesome poem! THANKS for sharing, and thanks to your son for serving, Semper Fi, and Oohra
12-09-08, 12:41 PM #9
I loved it, great job!
12-09-08, 02:51 PM #10
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