Young Men


Young men of potential great

Are stripped from the world

From the comforts of good life

Into blood red coals are hurled


And there within the Hadeโ€™s fire

Is burnt away the lesser man

A malleable existence wrought

Rebuilt to a specific plan


Any sense of who they are

Turns to smoke inside the blaze

Forged within that stringent heat

A different man is willful raised


There they learn to own their fears

Building strong the body and mind

Shedding the easy days and ways

For in pain, a strength does bind


Hammered by the greatest men

And molded to a chiseled steel

Within this hell-like crucible

A warriorโ€™s spirit is revealed


Hone and sharpened to razorโ€™s edge

Their potential is fully freed

Always Faithful becomes the brand

And their cherished life-long creed


Chosen few who passed the test

Weighed and measured in every way

Wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor

A symbol of the price they paid


Now these young men stand tall

Knowing what honor truly means

And they shall forever be

A United States Marine


18 Responses to “Young Men”
  1. SRIKANTH says:

    Wonderful poem ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿค

  2. beth says:

    what a powerful description of these brave souls

  3. kristianw84 says:

    I’ve always loved a man in uniform! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Powerful, courageous, & masterfully written. โค

  4. kristianw84 says:


  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Having myself gone through that undertaking, that training that takes you from being a lad to being a soldier (in my case), I admire and salute all those who choose that path and who grow to be what they had never imagined. I truly believe every lad and lass of every land should go through basic infantry training. Thank you for pointing this out in such a grand manner my friend! Lovely, lovely poem! I salute you!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I agree that there is great benefit for any young person to seek the experience of serving in any branch of military service. Character and honor are malleable steels that can be molded into something stronger than itself. It is molded into a sense of civic pride, duty, and a belief that there are no limitations to what we, as individuals and as a country, are capable of. There is nothing more empowering that to take on the mantle of being in service to others.

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        You’ve said it quite well and the message quite complete my friend, thank you!

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad this is such amazing work that I donโ€™t know what to say, except that any one who reads it and either knows someone or has served themselves is touched beyond words by this. I truly wish you would share this with

    You only have to the 31st of this month. It is a published magazine. At least consider it please. Others will shed tears. Our military all have paid such a debt. Love and many hugs dear friend. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธJoni
    PS it is mandatory to serve in Israel for both men and women.

  7. Jim Borden says:

    what a wonderful tribute; I have a freshmen NROTC student in my class this semester who is honored to have been accepted into the Marines. during his vision board, he told the class that he knows his purpose in life is to be a Marine; his dad was one also. great student, great young man…

  8. yassy says:

    You write with such finesse and control. Every word is sharp and strong and defined in itself. Your posts are lessons in themselves. I feel your writing is gigantic in quality .. thank you for these posts.

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