Saturday, February 7, 2009

Saturday Ode


Ode: The Soldier

I climbed the barren mountain,
And my gaze swept far and wide
For the red-lit eaves of my father's home,
And I fancied that he sighed:
My son has gone for a soldier,
For a soldier night and day;
But my son is wise, and may yet return,
When the drums have died away.

I climbed the grass-clad mountain,
And my gaze swept far and wide
For the rosy lights of a little room,
Where I thought my mother sighed:
My boy has gone for a soldier,
He sleeps not day and night;
But my boy is wise, and may yet return,
Though the dead lie far from sight.

I climbed the topmost summit,
And my gaze swept far and wide
For the garden roof where my brother stood,
And I fancied that he sighed:
My brother serves as a soldier
With his comrades night and day;
But my brother is wise, and may yet return,
Though the dead lie far away.

By: CONFUCIUS




14 comments:

Mary said...

AM,

May God bless and protect our troops.

Did a little catching up here. I was ecstatic to see the post below. Heroes every one.

Blessings,
Mary

AirmanMom said...

mary...thank you for taking the time to stop by! Your words are always appreciated!

ABNPOPPA said...

I had no idea Confucius wrote poetry.

Pops

Kathleen said...

Hello!
I have been catching up with you, congrats on that beautiful grandbaby!
Thank you as always for your wonderful website and posts, I always appreciate the things you offer us.
Kathleen

AirmanMom said...

pops...I was surprised by the name of this author as well...so I googled whether or not Confucius actually wrote poetry. Several items I read, stated he complied poems(hmmmm). Trust me, I was on the fence whether or not to post...but I felt the words were well worth the post! What would you have done?
Thank you for stopping by and your words are always most welcome!!!!

AirmanMom said...

kathleen...it was so good of you to stop by!

ABNPOPPA said...

AM,

Whoever wrote it must have had a kid in the military. It certainly is appropriate.

Pops

AirmanMom said...

pops...I could not agree with you more!

One of the 6 said...

Sounds like something by Rudyard Kipling. Whoever, whenever, it's very moving and appropriate now. God Bless the USA and Her Defenders and their families! Thanks! Semper Fi.
I of The VI
(Marine Veteran, Father, Brother, Uncle of Marines)

Call Me Grandma said...

Confucius wrote that? Who would have thought it?
Excellent piece of work.

AirmanMom said...

one...truly, the words are beautiful, which is the sole reason for the post.

AirmanMom said...

grandma...it is an excellent piece of work, thank you for stopping by!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

You mean you will NOT come in the cave with me and hold my hand? I think if my butt had just fallen out I could use a friend!!

Hallie

AirmanMom said...

there, there, Hallie...you know I'd be there for you!