Thursday, September 18, 2014

The American Soldier

"Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory."

General Douglas MacArthur


I am an American soldier

Raised by patriots proud

I understand my weaknesses and know my strength

My head is not in the clouds

When I feel fear creep up on me

I face it with a prayer

I have been blessed to know that my loving Lord

No matter when, will always be there

If at times I endure defeat

I'll be proud that I did my best

Any battles can be won or lost

A true soldier can attest

In victory I will celebrate

But be humble and honorable over my fallen enemy

Knowing dancing around even an enemy's corpse

Will follow me in infamy

I am an American soldier

And will represent my country with honor I earned

And return to citizenry well schooled

As a patriot who proudly served

The American General


"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others."


As a general I stand above my soldiers

With courage I insist they share

Never asking them to put themselves

At places I would not be there

I'll ask my president to trust me

In military decisions that must be made

Because my soldiers need to rely on me

To serve courageously, not be afraid

And the ultimate goal is to have a heart

Commanding my country's daughters and sons

I'll be stern but my compassion will endure

Once I arm them with a gun

Their welfare will be my ultimate concern

When my wartime strategies persist

In my decisions I must stand alone

In the battles conseice and swift


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Let There Be Peace and And Finally War

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace."


Let there be peace around the world

Pray that battle stations be draped with cobwebs

But stand ready with well trained troops

An army and navy, the pride of our defense

For there are those who won't share our peaceful, gentle nature


"Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession."


As we have sat idly by

A new terrorist faction has imposed its wrath

Now there must be bombs that fall from the sky

And boots on the ground with a deadly task

As we fought terrorist one by one

Or failed to name them as such

They have multiplied and overrun

As we allowed them to go untouched

Now it is time to put our mighty foot down

And trust generals to put them to bed

It's the only option we finally have found

To destroy the serpent and cut off its head

And finally war is the logical resort

Because we ignored the snakes as they grew

It has gone beyond discussions and a weekly report

Because we allowed their power to accrue

Both quotes by George Washington 1732-1799


Led With Purpose


"Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skilful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."

Ah, but is it the leader who determines what is better?


A meandering people

No place to go, no progress to bestow

Feeding themselves however they can

Never adhering to a logical plan

No paths to travel, just vines to unravel

In a jungle of no determined purpose

Give people a leader, a competent speaker

To bring them onto a highway of purpose

In a country its vital to not remain idle

Lest life would be determinedly worthless


Monday, September 15, 2014

The President and Shirking our Duty

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is t say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant."


He need not be a general

But have generals on his side

He has to have humility and

Of course,  American pride

He needs to understand utmost

To serve the people well

Not be just a politician

With a load of crap to sell

If he is to be our leader

His ears should hear our pleas

His eyes should be wide open

So it's our future that he sees

His mouth should have a voice

That will move us in righteous truth

And his mind should be determined

To educate our youth

For the years he's in The White House

He is a servant to us all

Though his status commands respect

If he earns it, that's his call


"The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?"

Both quotes by Max du Pree


Are we awake? Do we partake?

Do we understand current events?

Are we here? Do we care?

Who we elect to represent?

Do we vote or never bother?

Is our X on the best?

Do we know just how to go?

To use the ballot on our desk?

Are we to blame when it's the same

When the opportunity is presented

That there leaders who are cheaters

And we chose them to represent us?


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Getting Up and Life in the Clouds

Henri Nouwen, 1932-1996. He was a Dutch Clergyman

"Our first responsibility in the midst of violence is to prevent it from destroying us."


All around us hate erupts in violence

We listen to the news in stunned silence

More often we find ourselves regressing

While we find continued chaos so depressing

Can we afford to let the murderous terrorists defeat us?

They are killing our minds with continuous pure disgust

With each moment we retreat into our sadness

They chalk up another victim to their madness

There comes a point when we must rise up in our ire

And confront this enemy courageous and  inspired

It is hard to act, war weary as we've been

But it's time to draw our swords, this time to win


"The spiritual life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now."


If the only colors you see is through the kaleidoscope

If the only songs you hear are from another's heart

When the only thing that matters is what will be

When this mortal world and you eventually part

You may be living for the promise of forever

And are failing to live the gift of life today

Perhaps it's time to chase your own bright colored

And find the spirit to go dancing in the rain

Let the songs you hear be the words you truly feel

Allow the wind to muss your perfect hair

You have been given the chance to romp freely in the fields

And are blessed to know that God is waiting somewhere


Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Extreme

The quote is from a Palestinian activist AHMED YASSIN (1939-2004)

Sons of Islam everywhere, the Jihad is a establish the rule of Allah on earth and to liberate your countries and yourselves from America’s domination and its Zionist allies, it is your battle...either victory or martyrdom.


It is my duty to serve Allah

And establish our supremacy

Our women shall be dutiful

And stripped of all their dignity

Our enemies shall be Christians

And don't forget the Jews

We are proud to be dead martyrs

And make the nightly news

Terror will be our priority

The infidel will die

They feel our wrath and power

No peaceful day goes by

We'll behead an innocent hostage

For all the world to see

And threaten all the world

On how brutal we can be

We'll kidnap and rape your women

Kill and torture all your men

We will confiscate your children

And indoctrinate them then

We are Muslim extremists

Jihad is our ultimate cause

We will live and die bringing terror

By distorting Allah's laws