Veteran

When you see the veterans

Sitting with friends or all alone

Quietly contemplating

What in their life they’ve done

You may find that for good reason

One that they alone do know

Why they don’t want to talk

They just want to be on their own

They think about their lives

How was it that they survived

Their minds full of guilt

Thinking of the friends

Who died at their sides 

They think about the fear

That gripped them by the throat

They think of how they persevered 

Until the fight was over 

And the battle won

When you see a veteran

Sitting talking with their friends

Just let them be –

Be grateful and just walk away

They fought for the freedom

We enjoy every single day