by James J. Metcalfe
Halycon House, 1948, "Poem Portraits"
He wears a khaki uniform. . .
The same as all the boys. . .
He eats and sleeps and lives with them. . .
Through troubles and through joys. . .
He shares their trenches and their tents. . .
And everything they do. . .
Including all the dangers of. . .
The battles they go through. . .
He brings a smile to lonely eyes. . .
That gaze across the sea. . .
By painting pictures of the peace. . .
To follow victory. . .
He heals the wounds of heart and soul. . .
Wherever soldiers fight. . .
He is their guardian angel in. . .
The hour of their fright. . .
He moves among the fallen men. . .
Where darkness draws despair. . .
And lights the lamp of faith in God. . .
To guide their lips in prayer.