Good morning! Help me wecome Ed ireland and his poem, You Don’t Know Me, from his book, Forgotten Treasure, available on his website (Check links below).
You Don’t Know Me
By Ed Ireland (Forgotten Treasure)
You put yourself in danger
Risking all you have and more
But you don’t know me.
Who I am or what I do.
You don’t know anything about me.
My color or sex
My religion or political affiliation.
You don’t know if I support you
And what you do
Or if I protest against you
And those who order you to do the things you do.
You don’t know any of this
And yet you still risk your life for me.
It is because of you that poets can dream
And bankers can count their money
And teachers can teach
And different religions can flourish here.
It is because of you that protesters can speak
Loudly against you
And politicians can pass laws
That hurt you.
The same politicians who charged you this task.
You sleep in dirt at times
Or you don’t sleep at all for far too many hours
And eat food that most of us would throw away.
You walk in blazing heat
Any time you are told to do so
You do all of this for me…
And you don’t even know me.
A heartfelt thank you to our Armed Forces both at home and around the world. In any country, in any language this poem is appropriate. The men and women who place themselves in danger so you don’t have to deserve your thanks. Offer it.
Awsome poem! Thank you for letting me share it, Ed, and thank you to any service members current or previous that read this. 🙂
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