Monday, July 18, 2005

I Saw a Soldier Today.

I wrote this poem after seeing a soldier (Reserves or National Guard, I would have to guess) this weekend.

I saw a soldier today
He’d stopped to get some gas
I was hesitant to approach him
But I couldn’t let the moment pass

He was in his uniform
Standing tall and proud
I walked over to him
To say the words out loud

I worked up my courage
And looked him in the eye
“Thank you,” I said quietly
And tried my hardest not to cry

He looked a bit surprised
But I could tell my words meant a lot
“You’re welcome,” he replied with a smile
And it was the best reward I ever got

I had so much more to say
But I guess my simple thanks will have to do
Thank God there are heroes like him
Fighting for the red, white and blue

15 comments:

keesh said...

that choked me up. Thank you for writing that and doing that. The next time I see a soldiar, maybe I will get my nerve up and do the same!! kind of reminds me of the Denny's commercial, I think Denny's anyway, where the kids goes up to the firefighter and says "are you a REAL firefighter" :). Hallmark moment.

SparkyDiva said...

you need to start issuing mascara alerts, jen. the poem ROCKED. and thanks for doing that...you're too cool for words.
~b

Jamie Dawn said...

Love it! Simply beautiful. I bet you made his day.

Jen said...

Hey Kish, if you liked that poem, go to Sparky's blog and look at the pics she posted of the soldiers coming home.

Fred said...

I'm not a poet fan (a guy thing, mostly) but the thoughts expressed to those who risk their lives for our freedom is very special.

Thanks for saying thank you to our heroes.

Jen said...

I was out for my walk tonight and I think I saw a soldier (Jeff just thinks I'm hallucinating now). There was a group of people standing in the parking lot talking, and as I walked by, I thought I saw a guy in cammo. I kept walking, though, because I didn't have my glasses on, so for all I know, he could have been a hunter or a member of the Michigan Militia or something. And then I would have felt like a dork for going up to him and "thanking him for his service."

Anna said...

That's nice :)

And lol over the blind military man sighting ;)

Emily Beth said...

That was awesome! It was hard reading the end of it through all the tears!

jevanking™ said...

That's awesome!

I miss reading y'alls blog. Yes, I just said Y'all. I'm a hick.

I'll be back as soon as I get to Cali. And I'll catch up!!!

Take it easy ladies.

LocuTus of Borg said...

That was great Jen, thank you. Godspeed to all the armed forces and military around the world.

Renee said...

Sniff, sniff!!

I actually did the same thing yesterday-- Sara and I went to the mall in Grandville, and there were three guys in uniform walking around. It was very scary, but I walked up to them and said "I just want to thank you guys for everything you do" and shook their hands, which seems weird; I should've given them hugs or something. Jen, I don't know how you managed NOT to cry; I could hardly SEE them for all the tears in my eyes.

It makes me cry to see in their faces how much a simple "thanks" means to them. It's incredible. THEY'RE incredible.

Jen said...

GOOD FOR YOU, Nee. Knowing you the way I do, I know it was really hard for you to go up to them like htat. But wasn't the look on their faces worth it??

Renee said...

Absolutely. I don't know what inspired me to do it; I've been tempted before but chickened out at the last minute. Now I'll do it every time I see a soldier.

I'm all teary again, just talkin' about it :-)

J left today for NJ for her leave; I'm so excited for her. And Todd should be coming home in a couple weeks for his leave :-)

Jen said...

And my other soldier will be home for leave in August, too! (The one from Michigan who wants to take me out to dinner.)

Renee said...

Yay! Which one is the one from MI, I can't remember? He's not that far from you, right?