I had seen death before

The pale faces of loved ones

Quiet and still

Placed in the silk lined box

As if they slumbered

Devoid of their suffering

Now Resting in Peace



But this was different

There would be no scripture read

No fine words to send you off

And in my arms, I saw

Death’s true face

Filled with the pain and fear

As your end drew near



I told you everything would be okay

And we both knew that was untrue

For the wounds received that day

Would end this life for you

But I held on with all I had

As if wishing could change that

Oh, if wishing only could



We had shared a blood oath

To keep each other from harm

But I had always hoped

It would be me saving you

And now, with tables turned

I wanted to recant that vow

Feeling unworthy of the cost



Rest, my brave brother-in-arms

Nothing can touch you now

And if I survive the day

It will be because of you

I guess heaven needed a Marine

And I hope they know

They got one of the best


Rest now, brother, rest



16 Responses to “Rest”
  1. beth says:

    Such a poignant and heartbreaking tribute

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Yes, “rest my brothers in arms”, this is a poem that took my soul and ripped a hole through it. A most powerful piece and may all those fallen find their peace and their way…

  3. Jim Borden says:

    what a wonderful tribute, Brad. and as you note, what a price to pay…

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    What a difficult thing that must be to process and come to grips with.

  5. How different this reads for me today after our bit of conversation on Sunday regarding this. I could only imagine the feelings until the words came from you, and now I can feel them. I’m incredibly sad at the circumstances but proud of you for giving voice to the experience.

  6. kristianw84 says:

    I can only imagine the feelings you must have & still experience. I’m thankful for your gift to write about them, and even more that you choose to share them. Thank you. ❤

  7. Shreya Joshi says:

    This one just broke my heart. Beautifully penned. ❤️

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