If You Must Fight For Country

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If You Must Fight For Country

If you must fight for country, lad, be brave.
March straight in tracks that former troops have trod.
Do not let those who hate you choose your grave.

Our country is our home that we must save
from hands of men who turn cold hearts to God.
If you must fight for country, lad, be brave.

The enemy may capture you to rave
of bold attempts to break you like a rod.
Do not let those who hate you choose your grave.

Raise high “The Stars and Stripes” to watch her wave
in triumph, give your firm salute and nod.
If you must fight for country, lad, be brave.

The steps you take must make boot prints to pave
the winding route for future men to plod.
Do not let those who hate you choose your grave.

To keep our country’s freedom that we crave,
some died—they now lie deep beneath the sod.
If you must die for country, lad, be brave.
Do not let those who hate you choose your grave.

 

© 2014 Freeda Baker Nichols

 

 

13 comments on “If You Must Fight For Country

  1. dotlatjohn says:

    I agree,Freeda. It is a powerful poem.

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  2. Catherine Johnson says:

    Strong emotions, Freeda. That repeating line is so powerful. You are so good at these.

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  3. ginger kemp pruett says:

    Yes I think this is a great poem, my wish is that some day in the near future we will no longer have to send our young men and women to have to risk their lives, and peace will come, and there will be no more war.

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  4. spunkonastick says:

    That was very powerful and moving.

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  5. johncoyote says:

    “The steps you take must make boot prints to pave
    the winding route for future men to plod.
    Do not let those who hate you choose your grave.”
    I agree. A outstanding poem.

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  6. Woah! how awesome was that!! I loved it good work!!

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