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The Fallen Soldier 

In Memory of Richard Boes
(October 8, 1949 – February 21, 2009)

If dreams can become reality,
Why can’t reality become a dream?
All of this could be blinked away,
But things aren’t what they seem.

Memories remain forever,
Nostalgia spreading like disease.
No one deserves to watch innocent people
Fall dead straight to their knees.

But somehow he endured it all,
The pain of a meaningless war.
He’s up there with the angels now,
He can spread his wings and soar.

Because the stranglehold of cancer,
Gripped itself too tight.
Even God himself witnessed
This soldier’s courageous fight.

He’s risen above all the pain,
He’s left behind the suffering.
I’ll always miss his sense of humor,
And the inspiration he would bring.

I lost a best friend as well as an uncle,
But forever he’ll remain in my heart.
He may be gone from this unfair world,
But our bond will never part.

But finally now, he can take his walk,
Down the heroic path he paved.
The story of a fallen soldier,
The hero of the free and the brave.

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