Johnny's Requiem

Alex Arnot

You once did love the sunny days,

The warm wind blowing on your face,

Finding bliss in a loved ones gaze,

The soft sand and the ocean waves.

But you were sent off to your grave

This “honor” that did seal your fate


Now Johnny lies beneath the roses

His casket buried in the rain

By callous hands, his life was stolen

Gave his body and lost his name


Nevermore to feel life’s joys

Denied your love to die a drone

To raise your gun beside the big boys

To fall together yet die alone.


Now your dreams are thrown away,

Whichever god, your soul do take.

Forever neath the ground to stay,

A thousand more shall go and fade,

The youths whose lives were never made

The youths that only got a taste.


The nameless lie beneath the roses

Their caskets buried in the rain.

By callous hands, their lives were stolen.

Gave their bodies and lost their names.

  • Author: Alex Arnot (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 15th, 2019 19:25
  • Comment from author about the poem: This is one of my newest poems and perhaps one of the most controversial. This is not in opposition of the military as a whole, but specifically the draft. I doubt anyone who is drafted had dreams of joining the military. I often think about what those people are losing when being taken from their lives, especially when they don't make it back. I would simply ask that you consider that before commenting.
  • Category: Reflection
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  • psychofemale

    Loved this 🙂

  • Goldfinch60

    So many died for reasons of which they were unaware, they will be remembered though.
    Good write.

    • Alex Arnot

      I certainly hope so! Thank you Goldfinch!

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