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The Shadow on the Wall

Story ID:8006
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:2012
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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The Shadow on the Wall

The Shadow on the Wall

The bent old man in the foreground
The shadow that you see
Is what this gray haired old gentleman
Used to be.

A Soldier, Sailor, or Airman
Maybe a US Marine
With back straight as an arrow
And eyes sharp and keen

Been in many Campaigns
Marched many a mile to be
In the heat of battle
Always ready doncha see

Now this old gentlemen
Walks slowly and uses a cane
Hearing fading daily
Living in constant pain

He fought for his country
The good old USA
He’d be the first to volunteer
If needed today.

He’d fought in many countries
Fighting for freedom, for you and me
In places he’d never heard of
On far off oceans and seas

If only he would tell you
Of the things that he’d seen
While he was serving
As a young US Marine

As a young airman
Flying a bomber or fighter plane
Many close calls
Never to complain

Of the hundreds of sorties
Bombing raids by the score
Crippling the enemy factories
That made the things for war

As a young soldier
Fighting on Islands far away
Manning a flame thrower
To keep the enemy at bay.

Maybe a seaman on the battleship “Missouri”
Where peace was finally restored
Sept. the second nineteen forty five
While he was aboard.

Once a Soldier Always a Soldier
Fighting for your country-you never forget
The pride you have for serving
Is something you don’t regret.

Monte L. Manka 4-28-12