"ODE TO A SOLDIER'S MOTHER"
A soldier's Mother worries when he goes to war.
She wonders if he is safe and happy,
or if she will see him any more.
She knows he doesn't want this war,
But she can also realize
He's fighting for a freedom,
This freedom is their Lives.
I don't want this War,
But people hear my voice;
I'm fighting for something special,
My Mother's right of choice.
So if I should die in combat,
Mother, please don't weep;
For I would rather die protecting you
Than die while I'm asleep.
If God should take me unto him,
During hate, hostility and war,
Remember Mother I Love my country,
But I love you ever more.
William Stephen Clark
in VietNam March 1968
Killed in VietNam July 28,1968