Posted by on Feb 24, 2010 in Reflections | 14 comments

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POEM
OF A SOLDIER

 The following poem was found on the body of a Russian soldier killed in
one of the fiercest battles with the Germans during World War II.

Listen, God… for never in my life before

Have I spoken with You, but today

I want to greet You. As You know,

From childhood I was always told

That You do not exist…

And I so stupidly believed it.

 

I never gazed at your creations, but tonight

I looked out from a crater dug by a grenade

At the starry sky above me; and I understood

Quite suddenly, while marveling at the
lights,

How cruel a lie can be.

 

I don’t know, God, if You will stretch Your
hand to me?

But I will tell You and You’ll understand
– 

Is it not marvelous that amid this fiery hell

I’ve suddenly seen the light of knowing You?

 

That’s all I have to say. Just one more
thing…

I’m glad that I have come to know You.

At midnight we are set for an attack,

Yet I’m not scared: You’re looking down upon
us.

 

The signal… Well, I must be off…

How wonderful to talk to You… And I just want
to add

That, as You know, the battle will be fierce,

And so perhaps this very night

I will come knocking on Your door.

 

And though I have not been Your friend
before,

Will you allow me to come in?…

But I am crying… O my God… You see,

My eyes have opened to the light.

 

Farewell, my God… I’m off… and hardly will
return.

How
strange… but death now holds no fear for me at all.

 

Remember us, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom!

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