The views, thoughts and opinions of an insignificant speck in the Universe 😀
Of course the sentiments apply to everyone who has served or are serving in the Armed Services but as an ex-RN person the navy of course comes first in my thoughts.
“The Final Inspection on crossing the bar”
The sailor stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
“Step forward now, you old sea dog
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?”
The sailor squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because those of us who sail the seas,
can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep….
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When I really wanted sleep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you’ve a place for me here lord
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t…..I’ll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the sailor waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
“Step forward now, old sea dog
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Come sail in calm on Heaven’s seas,
You’ve done your time in hell.”