25 March 2017

“Soldier” by George L. Skypeck

I had heard that this poem written by Vietnam disabled veteran George L. Skypeck (who after active duty, went back to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from University of Massachusetts) is one of the most displayed poems among various museums and monuments not just in the US but across the world.

Saw it for the first time in Columbus airport, Ohio.

The words are:

“I was that which others did not
want to be.
I went where others feared to go,
and did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing from those who gave
nothing, and reluctantly accepted the
thought of eternal loneliness …
should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror; felt
the stinging cold of fear; and enjoyed
the sweet taste of a moment’s love.
I have cried, pained, and hoped …
but most of all, I have lived times others
would say were best forgotten.
At least someday I will be able to say
that I was proud of what I was … a soldier.”

-George L. Skypeck



Posted March 25, 2017 by rajibroy in category "Travelogs

5 COMMENTS :

  1. By Ron Williams on

    ALWAYS LOVE THIS POEM.
    mY NON-PROFIT org. would like to use it to promote our cause to assist youth & vets.
    How would I get permission to use it?

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  2. By Ashleigh O'Hara on

    I’m his granddaughter and he’s doing well. He’s so talented and it’s heartwarming to see others appreciate his work. ☺️✌

    Reply
  3. By Robert on

    Very happy he is doing well,I am his cousin Robert,my oldest brother Joseph a Marine is in a home.They would come from Holyoke to visit my dad..God Bless them Skypecks.I have three sons to carry the last name..Robert

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  4. By rajibroy (Post author) on

    It is so great to see so many of his family members on this post. A chance observation at an airport has led me to get to connected to some of George’s family members. Feels great!

    Reply

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