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When I say... "I am an American Soldier"
I'm not shouting, I'm better than you.
I'm whispering, I was a boy, and now I find myself a man.


When I say... "I am an American Soldier"
I don't speak only of this with pride…I'm also confessing, that I stumble and make mistakes and need competent leadership to help guide me, so I, in turn can be a competent leader.  

When I say... "I am an American Soldier"
I'm not trying to be strong...I'm professing that I am weak and need the strength of my peers and country to help me carry on.  

When I say... "I am an American Soldier"
I'm not bragging of past successes
I'm admitting I have failed in the past
admitted the mistakes and tried to right the wrongs.

When I say... "I am an American Soldier"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But my country needs me, and I soldier on.

When I say... "I am an American Soldier"
I can still feel the sting of pain, from seeing those that I care about die, while we fight for those that we love
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon the American People to help guide our soldiers home

When I say... "I am an American Soldier"
I'm not better than thou,
I'm just a simple man
Who was called upon by his country to fight


This is a rewrite of a poem origianally titled: "When I say...I am a christian" --It didn't really apply to me, but I liked it and rewrote it to apply better.













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Heart-felt, raw and beautiful. Thank you! Shannon

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Carry on Soldier

Thanks for sharing this, simply in one word...awesome. It should be sent to our leaders...the commander in chief!


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Great work..thanks for sharing!

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Thank you for sharing. Courage can be shown in many ways. Joining the military at 18 and what you write by sharing your soul.
Thank you for your service, and your honesty.