military funeral detail

Another sol­dier died today

In some far off land ’midst a bat­tle fray.

He’ll be com­ing home soon

In a flag-draped casket,

Looked over for his safe return,

Accompanied by rev­er­ent mascots.

But today I have the sad duty

Of report­ing his demise to a grief-strick­en wife

With uncom­pre­hend­ing tod­dler by her side.

And fight­ing back tears of sorrow

To bring the news of bar­ren tomorrows.

I will try to be gen­tle and understanding

But know that I can­not assuage their grief

Or com­pre­hend their deep despair

But pray that their hurt will be but brief.

As they must do, I too car­ry on

For tomor­row will hold anoth­er detail

And repeat this soul­ful scene once more

As I ring a bell or touch a door

And wit­ness once more the cost of war.

  • Chuck Witt

    Chuck is a retired archi­tect, a for­mer news­pa­per colum­nist, and a life­long res­i­dent of Winchester.