Obituaries

RCN News - - Contents - ~ John Snow­don

He was get­ting old and paunchy and his hair was fall­ing fast, And he sat around the Le­gion telling sto­ries of the past. Of a war that he once fought in and the deeds that he had done, In his ex­ploits with his bud­dies; they were he­roes, ev­ery one. And tho' some­times to his neigh­bours, his tales be­came a joke, All his bud­dies lis­tened qui­etly for they knew whereof he spoke. But we'll hear his tales no longer, for old Hugh has passed away, And the world's a lit­tle poorer for a Sailor passed away. He held a job and raised a fam­ily, go­ing qui­etly on his way; And the world won't note his pass­ing, tho' a Sailor passed away. When politi­cians leave this earth, their bod­ies lie in state. While thou­sands note their pass­ing, and pro­claim that they were great. Pa­pers tell of their life sto­ries from the time that they were young. But the pass­ing of a Sailor goes un­no­ticed, and un­sung. Is the great­est con­tri­bu­tion to the wel­fare of our land, Some­one who breaks his prom­ise and cons his fel­low man? Or the or­di­nary fel­low, who in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his coun­try and of­fers up his life? The politi­cian’s stipend and the style in which he lives, Are of­ten dis­pro­por­tion­ate to the ser­vice that he gives. While the or­di­nary Sailor, who of­fered up his all, Is paid off with a medal, and per­haps a pen­sion - though small. It is not the politi­cians with their com­pro­mise and ploys, Who won for us the free­dom that our coun­try now en­joys.

you find your­self in dan­ger, with your en­e­mies at hand, Would you re­ally want some cop-out, with his ever waf­fling stand? Or would you want a Sailor - his home, his coun­try, his kin, Just a common Sailor, who would fight un­til the end? He was just a common Sailor, and his ranks are grow­ing thin, But his pres­ence should re­mind us we may need his like again. For when coun­tries are in con­flict, we find the Sailor's part, Is to clean up all the trou­bles that the politi­cians start. If we can­not do him hon­our while he's here to hear the praise, Then at least let's give him homage at the end­ing of his days. Per­haps just a sim­ple head­line in the pa­per that might say:

"OUR COUN­TRY IS IN MOURN­ING, A SAILOR PASSED AWAY."

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