Poem I Found...

I've never been one to really consider myself in the "silent ranks" because most of the stuff I have seen makes it sound like we are better than others or because it makes it sound like it is all about rank. I came across this poem tonight though, and thought that it really hit home and that it relates to us all.

The Silent Ranks

I never wore the uniform,
no medals on my chest
The band, it doesn't play for me,
I am not among the Best.
I do not march in cadence,
I do not rate salute.
I stand among the silent ranks,
our devotion absolute.

If you've not worn my shoes,
you do not know my story.
I live a life of sacrifice,
my reward a private glory.
I've wept many silent nights away,
I've kept the home fires burning.
I've worried and I've waited,
as world events were churning.

I've moved more times than you could fathom,
left more people than you known.
I've planted gardens round the world-
very few that I've seen grown.
I've grieved with new-made widows,
and had my share of scares-
when a ship or plane or man was down-
and all I had were prayers.

I am not asking for your sympathy.
(although appreciation would be nice)
I did it quite on purpose though-
I chose to sacrifice.
I'll tell you a secret now,
one you'd never guess.
About the glory that is mine,
it's just enough, no more, no less.

When you and I stand together
as our national anthem plays.
I'll fill with reminiscences
of how I spent those days.
I'll know the pain and joys again,
I'll know freedom isn't free
I'll know I've helped to pay the price

and that the anthem plays for me.

- Elizabeth Soutter Schwarzer
Wife of a United Stated Marine
bluejay2272 bluejay2272
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4 Responses Jan 18, 2013

I totally agree considering all the people that I know who are in the 'silent rank' they are anything but frigging silent in fact my dad keeps saying you can hear them coming from miles away it not a riot its a marine's wife - he thinks he funny especially since he's now replaced marine's wife with Storm, Sam and Nicky lol *** - I love this!!

Perfect, love this! Thanks for sharing it

Amazing. Love it :)

Love it.