Every Man


The world is full of men

That wonder what they would do

And I fully understand

I felt that way once too


To know the full measure of themselves

When the bullets begin to fly

To know if they would stand or run

Or do nothing and watch others die


Hypotheticals are always hard

They are ambiguous at best

It is hard to find the answer

Until you take the test


But I can tell you, from what I’ve seen

When danger threatens something you love

Bravery found in every man

To rise up and rise above


13 Responses to “Every Man”
  1. beth says:

    i have never been in your shoes, but i understand how this would come to be, and so well said

  2. jonicaggiano says:

    So lovely put Brad and true. I have no idea what it was like to be in the military and know that I will never know. I have heard people say they could never shoot a person but I too had to defend myself against a stranger once who was trying to get me in a car. I was with a new friend but still someone I cared about. I saw he had a gun and had no problem getting his gun and putting it to his head when he was beating up my friend. With me it was instinctual. He let us go then but that one episode made me fearful of many things for years. So I don’t know how people in the military survive it but I know if there were not brave men and women out there like you and my father it might be a world without any freedoms. I hope I never have to touch a gun again, I was seventeen when my experience happened.
    Bless you Brad and happy Fourth. Love coming your way in large air balloons 🎈 Jonikins

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I’m grateful for those who have put themselves through this test. beautifully said. Brad…

  4. Harley Reborn says:

    Very beautiful

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    When tested, I think most of us will do what is necessary. Wonderful poem, Brad! Happy 4th to you and your family.

  6. kristianw84 says:

    Very well said! I hope you had a great holiday!

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