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A Combat Friend

I am haplessly entrenched near a road,
Bogged down by the war's heavy load.
Then as I view the skirmish ahead,
My mind is overcome with a dread.

I can not envision what lies beyond,
That curve, that field, that placid pond.
Will I encounter bloodshed, captivity and tears,
Or will I overcome my deeply rooted fears?

Will I feel pain and anxiety within my frame,
Or charge with a vengeance leading to fame?
I grit my teeth, knit my brow and groan,
When suddenly I realize I was not alone.

There beside me was a fearless friend,
A friend on whom I can trust and depend,
To lead me into battle whatever betides,
I smile with confidence and then follow him - my guide.

Submitted: Sunday, December 26, 2004
Edited: Friday, August 19, 2005


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  • Mark Dillon (10/10/2012 6:56:00 AM)

    good poem, being in the army i had a good career, made life long friends, you learn so much about team and depending on each other, like nowherte else.

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  • Ruby Root (7/8/2006 8:35:00 PM)

    Hi Joseph, I can relate to this because my Dad was a veteran in the Canadian Army. He didn't speak a lot about it but he did speak to me about a friend who had died. The war left my father mentally ill. At the time they didn't have a support system for the vets. and this was really sad because my father paid the price. He fought for 7 years in the Korean war. Your poem was excellent and again you write with excellent imagery. You are a talented writer. Take care.

  • Duncan Wyllie (1/23/2006 5:16:00 PM)

    Dear Joseph
    This subject i've never really understood.War!
    Not so much the reason
    as we are so flawed
    more the cost
    Brilliant piece of work AGAIN!
    Thankyou.....Love Duncan

  • Sally Clarke (10/30/2005 1:16:00 AM)

    A few years ago...I visited the Somme in France....it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. To think that such a peaceful landscape could once have seen such bloodshed. There really was an atmosphere and I felt it again when I read this poem.

    Best wishes

    Sally x

  • john tiong chunghoo (8/6/2005 12:57:00 AM)

    love this. never been to war but get from you the view.

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