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I am aware that am a mortal,
I am not a perfect being.
I know I’ve made mistakes with my khaki.
History will judge me one day,
But until then all I ask for is your support.

I did not choose this path on my own.
Patriotism imposed herself on me.
I will strive to get to the end,
But if I die before reaching my goal,
Let my comrades continue without me,
For i fought with my flesh and my blood.

No sacrifice is so much for my country.
I am a soldier of war, not a civilian.
Remember me as a military not a revolutionary.
Remember me as the bearer of hope to the people,
The one who came when your blood was shed.
Your desire for a change is my priority.

I will go to the end of my mission.
I will never betray your trust.
Death doesn't scare me;
I see it every day on the battlefield,
It’s failure that scares me.

If death marries me in war,
Do not mourn me.
Don't make my grave a sanctuary.
I did what I thought was right for my country.
I did it for me but I did it for you too.
I am a soldier, i smiles every day with death."

©Austine Nnamdi

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This poem is simply the tales of a soldier, on his acknowledgement of the fact that he's human with mistakes. It also tells about the unknown events that lies ahead of him and how prepared he is to face whatever life may throw at him.

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Submitted by austinennamdi0608 on September 24, 2022

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Austine Nnamdi

I am a Nigerian from South East. An engineering graduate that derives joy in writing poems. more…

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