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A Soldier's Prayer

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  • A Soldier's Prayer

    Saw this a long time ago but just came across it again.

    A Soldier's Prayer

    Look God:
    I have never spoken to You,
    But now I want to say,
    "How do You do."
    You see God,
    they told me You did not exist;
    And, like a fool,
    I believed all of this.
    Last night from a shell hole
    I saw Your sky;
    I figured right then
    they had told me a lie.
    Had I taken the time
    to see the things You made,
    I would know they weren't calling
    a spade a spade.
    I wonder, God,
    if You would shake my hand;
    Somehow, I feel
    that You will understand.
    Strange, I had to come
    to this hellish place
    Before I had time
    to see Your face.
    Well, I guess there isn't
    much more to say,
    But I am sure glad, God,
    I met You today.
    I guess the zero hour
    will soon be here,
    But I am not afraid
    since I know You are near.
    The signal - well, God,
    I will have to go;
    I love you lots,
    this I want you to know.
    Looks like this will be
    a horrible fight;
    Who knows, I may come
    to your house tonight.
    Though I wasn't friendly
    with you before,
    I wonder, God,
    if you would wait at the door.
    Look, I am crying,
    me shedding tears!
    I wish I had known you
    these many years.
    Well, I will have to go now, God.
    Strange, since I met you,
    I am not afraid to die.

    ~ Author Unknown ~
    This simple poem was found on the body of a
    nineteen-year-old American soldier in Vietnam.