Memoriam

I traversed the battered landscape of faraway places.

You called upon the nation for volunteers and I raised my hand.

You asked me to leave my home to pursue justice and fight for freedom’s sake.

I said ‘yes, without question.’

I held my family tight as we said goodbye.

You asked me to serve, with blood, sweat, and tears and I did it gladly.

I guarded the edge of the world with rifle in hand.

I stared into the dark, night after night.

I witnessed untold horrors while thinking of the laughter around the dinner table back home.

I missed the sound of our neighbor’s dog barking as I came home from school each day. 

I missed the sound of my mother’s voice as she laid me down to sleep each night.

The smell of my father’s famous barbeque ribs.

My sister’s smile. 

You called upon the nation for volunteers and I raised my hand.

You asked me to leave my home to fight for freedom’s sake.

I said ‘yes, without question.’

You asked me to lay down my life for the good of the nation. 

I did, without question.

In return, all I ask is this…

Remember me.

T. C. Engelbrecht