The Things That Make A Soldier Great
This month we are going to try to honor the members,past and present, of our fine military services.
Today, we start the month of November with another poem from our favorite, Edgar A. Guest, who sums it up nicely, those things that make a soldier great.
THE THINGS THAT MAKE A SOLDIER GREAT
by Edgar A. Guest
The things that make a soldier great and send
him out to die,
To face the flaming cannon’s mouth nor ever
Are lilacs by a little porch, the row of tulips
The peonies and pansies, too, the old petunia bed,
The grass plot where his children play, the roses
on the wall:
‘Tis these that make a soldier great. He’s fighting
for them all.
‘Tis not the pomp and pride of kings that make
a soldier brave;
‘Tis not allegiance to the flag that over him may
For soldiers never fight so well on land or on
As when behind the cause they see the little
place called home.
Endanger but that humble street whereon his
You make a soldier of the man who never bore
What is it through the battle smoke the valiant
The little garden far away, the budding apple
The little patch of ground back there, the children
at their play,
Perhaps a tiny mound behind the simple church
The golden thread of courage isn’t linked to
But to the spot, where’er it be–the humblest spot
And now the lilacs bud again and all is lovely
And homesick soldiers far away know spring
is in the air;
The tulips come to bloom again, the grass
once more is green,
And every man can see the spot where all his
joys have been.
He sees his children smile at him, he hears the
And only death can stop him now–he’s fighting
for them all.