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Enjoy Your Freedom

Story ID:8149
Written by:Charles Dishno (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Poem
Location:Dillon Montana USA
Year:2012
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I have had this in my archives for sometime and thought it would be nice to post on OurEcho
No I didn't write it...


Enjoy Your Freedom


I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform;
so young, so tall, so proud.
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
he'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil;
how many mothers' tears?

How many pilotsí planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
when everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
and felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
that Taps had meant 'Amen.'
When a flag had draped a coffin
of a brother or a friend.


I thought of all the children,
of the mothers and the wives,
of fathers, sons and husbands
with interrupted lives.


I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea.
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.


Enjoy Your Freedom and
God Bless Our Troops.