My father was a soldier once, and his father too. My father served in WW2 and in Korea. He wrote this poem about a year ago. Every time I read it, I get weepy.
ONCE A SOLDIER
I was a soldier once,
When I was young.
I was once a soldier,
Long ago, when I was very young.
I was a young soldier once,
And then one noonday I
became an old soldier.
I was an old soldier
For what seemed then a very long time.
I have been old for a very long time,
But I remember when I was young once,
And a soldier,
A very young soldier,
Once upon a time.
Thank you, Dad, for being a soldier once, and for giving me the gift of your words, in more ways that one.