I first looked upon the casket, silver gray and oh! So still –
Then I saw “OLD GLORY” and my eyes began to fill.
For above this silver casket in a frame of softest gold –
Was the smiling lad who lies here – who is now so quiet and cold.
Then my eyes moved on oh so slowly to the boy who gave his all.
I find him fair and handsome and I’m sure he stood quite tall,
Then his mother walked up to him and she gently stroked his hair –
And I’m sure the grief she’s feeling is so awfully hard to bear.
She must be living out a lifetime as she stands there looking on –
Her firstborn child – so young – so gay – her own marine. Her son.
She must see again a toddler – who can hardly walk as best –
She must think of all his illnesses and how she’d be upset.
She must be thinking of the last time he smiled and looked her way –
That would be when he left to serve – a sad and gloomy day.
For that day a question was within her heart and mind –
Oh God! Will he come home again – this precious Son of mine?
Then came the news so dreaded – heartbreaking was this day.
She hadn’t known how great this grief on the day he went away.
I do not know this boy before me – but my sadness is sincere –
And I tremble deep within myself and am haunted with great fear.
For all the young men fighting – wherever they may be –
Remembering that the cost is great – that they pay humanity.
I cannot help but have great feeling for the wounded and those who die –
Though I know them not – I’M SORRY – for the price they have paid is so high.
Gaylia Kenslow – Stogsdill
Copyright Roy Richard