Polly po-cket

Dog Tags
Dog tags in hand
about to tell
a loved one about
their loss.
Thinking of how
it could have been me.
Wondering how they
will react.
Reaching up
with heavy hand
I knock on the door.
Waiting nervously
I prepare myself
for what is to come.
Wishing anxiously
someone else had come.
Wanting desperately
not to have to
deliver the news.
He gave his life
for this country.
He never got to say goodbye.
Sadly thinking
how to treat the wounds
I'm sure to inflict.
Praying for peace
and getting only a saddened heart.
The only tribute I can give
is this lines.
His memory
will never fade
from my mind.
His lust for life
never replaced.
His joy in his friends
never forgotten.
He will live on
until the end of time.
He is one of us
the unforgotten vet.