A Soldier’s Tale

“Lest we forget
that war is waged by men
fighting other men
who do not fight themselves;

Lest we forget
that war is fought for gain
defined by those who win
and not by those who fought;

Lest we forget
that those who win the war
they live to tell the tale
and those who lost are soon forgotten;

Lest we forget
that war is death and loss and sorrow
war is killing others
mostly friends we never met;

Lest we forget
that war cannot bring peace
and cannot save the lives
of those who gave us theirs;

Lest we forget
that if to fight for peace we die
those we leave behind
will not find peace again;

Lest we forget
that freedom won by blood
shackles us forever
to those who fought and died;

Lest we forget
that the borders we die for
are not worth living for
unless they can be crossed;

Lest we forget
that if we fight for our faith
and thus deny the faith of others
our souls are lost forever;

Lest we forget
that those who died for you
who said you won the war
to those that died, it matters not;

Lest we forget
that those who die
they die with hope
that those who follow, will not die, too;

Lest we forget
that those who died for us
they died in vain
if we don’t stop the fighting”

Kim Wingerei

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