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    Nov 2009

    Ensign Poem - A Sailor Died Today

    A Sailor Died Today

    He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the RNA, telling stories of the past
    Of wars that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

    And though sometimes, to his neighbours, his tales became a joke,
    All his naval buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
    But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Jack has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer, for a sailor died today.

    He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
    For he lived a very ordinary and quite uneventful life.
    Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
    And the world won't note his passing, though a sailor died today.

    When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
    Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
    But the passing of a sailor goes unnoticed and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
    A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
    Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

    A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
    Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
    While the ordinary sailor who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

    It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
    That the old Jacks of our Country went to battle, but we know
    It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
    Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
    Or would you prefer a sailor, who has sworn to defend
    His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

    He was just a common sailor and his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
    For when countries are in conflict, then we find the sailors part
    Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honour while he's here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
    Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
    Our Country is in mourning, for a sailor died today.

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    Nov 2009

    Ensign A Sailor

    A sailor died yesterday
    And no one remembered his name
    No one attended his funeral
    And nobody told of his fame

    For he wasn’t remembered by those in the town
    He wasn’t remembered by his country or crown
    To some he was just the old man with a moan
    Who they tried to ignore when he started to groan

    But many years ago he had fought in a war
    And some remembered the sailor they saw
    Who helped them survive when their ship was hit
    And guided them to safety using just his wit

    They only remembered the face that they’d seen
    With eyes that were hard but a smile so serene
    Who had willingly offered his dirty rough hand
    And pulled them onboard without threat or demand

    As the Navy rejoiced in the battles they’d won
    He was fondly remembered for the deeds he had done
    To them he was just the young man with a smile
    Who had fought to improve all their lives for a while

    A sailor died yesterday
    And people remembered his face
    No one attended his funeral
    But heaven kept him a place

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