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  • 229.
    fifty cents a day

    I am an humble Soldier
    far from my friends and home,
    mid scenes of war and hardships
    I constantly must roam,
    with many officers over me,
    and them I must obey,
    and do just what they tell me,
    for fifty cents a day.

    I enlisted in the army
    to help my country's cause,
    because I loved it dearly,
    and would sustain its laws,
    I felt a free man's duty,
    his country to obey,
    I came not as a hireling,
    for fifty cents a day

    I enlisted as a soldier.
    a free man and a man
    To do a soldiers duty,
    as best a soldier can.
    hope to fight the rebels,
    and hate this long delay.
    I came to help my country,
    for fifty cents a day.

    I now must yield to hardships
    in cold in storm and rain
    perchance with scanty rations
    not even then complain
    the right of seeking comfort
    long since I signed away
    my life I am slowly losing
    for fifty cents a day.

    who send the soldiers to the field
    to buy his willing hand,
    with promises so plentiful,
    of treatment like a man?
    twas those who, in two days,
    received a larger pay
    than does the soldiers in a month
    at fifty cents a day

    who promised to the soldier,
    his wrongs should be redressed
    if tyanny or officers
    should his right oppress?
    alas! the sword may smight him,
    or kicked around he may be,
    he finds his only redress,
    is fifty cents a day

    who promised to the soldiers,
    if sickness should appear,
    good doctors and kind nurses
    was ready and was near,
    to aid him in his feebleness
    as quick as though his pay
    was ten times as much
    as fifty cents a day.

    twas those who wear the shoulder straps
    with haughty air of grace,
    who look upon the soldier
    below the negro race,
    who thinks a soldier's duty
    is only to obey
    his lordship, and be content
    with fifty cents a day.

    how oft I've seen the soldier,
    near tottering to the ground,
    seek vainly for some friendly aid,
    when it could ne'er be found,
    when told he was not ailing,
    to go and take his way,
    one week would end his suffering
    and fifty cents a day.

    now, how many of these officers
    would be here where they are,
    if forced to live like soldiers,
    and take a soldier's fare?
    how few would take the treatment
    even with their liberal pay,
    let alone the poor pittance
    of fifty cents a day

    cheer up my gallant soldiers,
    be cheerful, gay, and smile,
    we'll do the fighting now,
    and the voting after awhile,
    and then we'll show oppressors
    that they may fell dismay,
    who treated us as serviles,
    at fifty cents a day.

    This poem was written by my great, great, great, grandfather when he was a POW in the civil war. He wrote this during the month of December 1863. I wanted to share this with everyone in memory of him. read more »

  • 230.
    Soldier Boy

    Their lost voices drift on the wind,
    I have fallen, please carry me home
    Like shadows drifting between the leaves
    From sunsets past, to now fading dreams read more »

  • 231.
    A Campaign Revisited (revised)

    Africa once again was wracked with pain
    As warfare stalked the land
    And through the years of the copious tears,
    Few could understand read more »

  • 232.
    Only A Soldier's Grave

    Only a soldier's grave! Pass by,
    For soldiers, like other mortals, die.
    Parents had he - they are far away; read more »

  • 233.
    Soldier's Lullaby

    She once walked with him and stopped with him
    when they heard that familiar refrain.
    She'd stand beside him while he'd salute
    her pride for her Soldier was plain, read more »

  • 234.
    The March

    From the windows, walking by
    Cities fall, and children die. read more »

  • 235.
    A Soldier- Dedicated to Nicholas Shelton

    There is discipline in A Soldier you can see it when he walks,
    There is honor in A Soldier you hear it when he talks.
    There is courage in A Soldier you can see it in his eyes,
    There is loyalty in A Soldier that he will not compromise. read more »

  • 236.
    Little Soldier Boy

    Little Soldier boy, fight hard.
    Fight for your country, your family, your friends.
    Fight for me, little soldier boy.
    Keep your head high, your spirit strong. read more »

  • 237.
    Heart of a Soldier

    Not everybody has the strength to stay away from home.
    Not everybody has time to waste away.
    They hold onto every bit of their mind.
    Hoping that one day everyone else can see.. read more »

  • 238.
    Phone Number Poem

    8~ The Heroes of out life’s are our,
    6~ soldiers in combat and the,
    7~ ones at home with their loved ones. read more »

  • 239.
    Let's Remember Those Soldiers

    Let's remember those soldiers
    No matter alive or dead
    Hold them dear to our hearts
    And keep their memories in our heads read more »

  • 240.
    born a soldier

    looking at my origin,
    please do not tell me
    to go to the army
    forget about the structure read more »

New Soldier Poems

  1. A Soldier's Belief, Randy McClave
  2. Fight, Soldier, Fight, Lisbon Tawanda Chigwenjere
  3. A Campaign Revisited (revised), Terry Dawson
  4. The Soldier Gives The Right, Jon M. Nelson
  5. A Stonecrossed Grave (A Poem in Remembra.., Terry Dawson
  6. Silent Sildier, shelbie bozeman
  7. live like a soldier, Aishal madaan
  8. We Need To Honor Our Soldiers, norman hale
  9. Run soldier run, Melikhaya Zagagana
  10. Too many times (Tritina), Gert Strydom
  11. Brave Soldier, Dennis Walker
  12. Soldier Blue 2, Terry Deal
  13. SOLDIER, Atlay Mwenifumbo
  14. A foot soldier, ameya deshpande
  15. My Young Soldier;, Heather Sandvoss
  16. Soldier Boy, Eric Paeplow
  17. Death Serves In The Wars, Richard O'Connor
  18. A Song For The Irish Militia, Thomas Davis
  19. Soldier, Kris Smith
  20. Leaves, Sky Welch
  21. I Want to be a Soldier, Idris Adesina
  22. Tin Heart, Tsunami HiroshiSu
  23. The Lone Soldier, Madman Poet
  24. SOLDIER, Dr. Yogesh Sharma
  25. Like Toy Soldiers, devillinzee killer
  26. Kargil Warfare, Areena Arora
  27. BATTLE RULES OF TAMIL'S, k.sathish kumar
  28. A Soldiers Dream, tylor bearman
  29. Mother’s Cry of Late, Mark R Slaughter
  30. War Field, ram kausik
  31. My Uncle is a Soldier, krystian huizar
  32. Funeral march, jathin aka jesuzz
  33. I was a Soldier once, Rik Bertrand
  34. my brother in law the soldier, dawn hunter
  35. A Soldier- Dedicated to Nicholas Shelton, Caleb Jones
  36. A Song For The Irish Militia, Thomas Osborne Davis
  37. The Irish Soldier, John Banim
  38. Kittie’s Toys, Dora Sigerson Shorter
  39. Shells Of Soldiers, Kennedy Oluoma
  40. An American Soldier, Tracey Marquart
  41. I am Soldier, David Aoloch Bion
  42. I am a soldier, shashank shekhar roy
  43. God Bless US, Udiah (witness to Yah)
  44. Soldier's Ghost, Mark R Slaughter
  45. At The Sound Of The Drum, Edith Nesbit
  46. Christian Soldiers, Barbara Blevins
  47. Soldier Going To The War, Richard Le Gallienne
  48. The Boy Patriot, James Whitcomb Riley
  49. Society, Madrason writer
  50. Lone Soldier, Heaven and Earth
  51. The Battle, Corey Fauchon
  52. SOLDIER, magenta cyans
  53. Victorious Soldier, Megan Streett
  54. A Soldier, Summer Sandercox
  55. fight soldier fight, jason mcgookin
  56. Little Soldier Boy, Nedra Pepin
  57. The Soldier (memorial day memorial day m.., Udiah (witness to Yah)
  58. Come Home, Only Yours
  59. Young Soldier, Only Yours
  60. A soldier stands, jessica brocklesby
  61. (ballad) If I could.., Connetta Jean
  62. In A Soldier...You Will Find..., Philip Lore
  63. The World Back Home...The Soldiers Life, Philip Lore
  64. Canadian War, payam specto
  65. Soldier, Corey Fauchon
  66. Promise Of A Lie, Sean Foxx
  67. Soldiers Are Courageous & Strong, Linda Racaniello
  68. Soldier (not really a poem), Joshua Decker
  69. Faces of war, michael neguse
  70. Let's Remember Those Soldiers, norman hale
  71. Nigerian Biafran War, micheal udenyi
  72. A Soldiers Dream, Juan Duarte
  73. born a soldier, Elorm Dogbo
  74. Celestial Soldier, Samantha Bougie
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