Langley author Terrence Morrissey has written a poem in tribute to the men and women of Canada’s military for Remembrance Day. File photos

Langley author pens tribute to the men and women of Canada’s military for Remembrance Day

‘A soldier, a sailor and an airman … stood before the Pearly Gates’

A TRIBUTE TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN

OF CANADA’S MILITARY

A soldier, a sailor and an airman

Stood before the Pearly Gates

Their faces were scarred and old

They stood before the man of fate

To be admitted to the fold

Saint Peter said, “what have you done,

To gain admittance here?”

Said the airman, “I flew on many sad missions

And cried as my best friend’s plane hit the ground.”

Said the sailor, “I sailed a wide vast ocean,

And fought amid the fire and rain.

I watched as my buddy died

With a victory smile upon his face .”

Spoke up the soldier, with sadness in his voice

“I fought in the trenches sir, with my buddies young and old,

I saw them take their last breath,

knowing their story would be told.”

The Pearly Gates swung open

Saint Peter rang the bell

“Come in,” he said to one and all, as a chorus of angels sang,

“For you’ve spent your time in hell.”

Then standing there with a smile upon her face,

Was an old but beautiful woman,

Waiting to be admitted to the fold.

“What have you done,” Saint Peter said,

“To gain admittance here?”

“Why I was a nurse and helper, sir, to all the brave above .

I wiped their tears, and covered their wounds,

I wept as I held the hand of many a mother’s dying son

As he pleaded, ‘please don’t let go of my hand.’”

The Pearly gates swung open

Saint Peter rang the bell as all heaven began to rejoice

“Come in,” he said to the one with a heart so scarred,

“For you’ve spent your time in hell .”

AND WAR IS HELL

Copyright: Terrence Morrissey

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