A Soldiers Prayer


Now I lay me down to sleep
The weary soldier said
With a backpack for a pillow
And a ground-cloth for a bed

I dare no sleep too soundly
For fear I will not wake
If duty once more beckons
And action I must take

I pray to God my soul to keep
While I am in this place
That He will wrap me in his arms
This child of his embrace

Wipe away the fear I feel
As I face each new day
Understand my sorrow
For my brothers gone away

If I should die before I wake
I pray you will protect
Those that I have fought for
Their heartache not neglect

Please overlook their anger
They cannot understand
Why I had to go and fight
For someone else’s land

I pray the Lord my soul to take
If my time on earth is through
Forgive me my transgressions
But I did what I must do

With that the soldier closed his eyes
Then opened them again
And whispered “Thanks for listening Lord 
Til next we talk, Amen”

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at poormanspoet.wordpress.com to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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