Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

May 30, 2005

In Memoriam (2)

Filed under: — Different River @ 2:00 pm

Seen before, but worth repeating, especially today, as did Babalú Blog.

IT IS THE SOLDIER

By Charles M. Province

It is the soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves under the flag,
Whose coffin is draped in the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

(© Charles M. Province)

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