Warrior’s Prayer


Oh, mercy lay your hands on me

A wretched soul not yet set free

Proud soldier with unbent knee

A good death is all I beg of thee


In harm’s way may I stand strong

The hero in an unsung song

Good fight fought for far too long

Cover all my earthly wrong


Please give to me what I am due

Honored like the Spartan few

Goodness breathe in me anew

The flawed man ne’er given view


Let proudly given my life pass by

To stop another’s harkened cry

To shield them from death ever nigh

For this life to sacrifice have I


Spare me the fate of languished dead

A glorious death now all but fled

Any hope of honor with my life shed

Not given those who pass in bed


Let me leave while giving all

Unafraid and standing tall

By the sword grant thee I fall

Some hope to make my life less small


A flaccid dying, naught else is worse

If that be me, then fate I curse

I fought good fight yet won no purse

Justice denied and glory dispersed


Oh, mercy lay your hands on me

A sacrifice can span eternity

Securing all that is best in me

A good death is all I beg of thee


17 Responses to “Warrior’s Prayer”
  1. beth says:

    powerful words – a true warrior

  2. These words fill me simultaneously with sadness and pride. You are that warrior, which makes me sad, but you are so much more than that (which you are beginning to discover) and that makes me proud. I will always be proud of your service for our country, and I am also so very proud of the man who stands in front of that warrior and shows service to all humanity.

  3. Jim Borden says:

    thoughtful words, Brad. I always thought the best way to die was to do so peacefully while sleeping. But I can understand that warrior mindset. Especially since I am currently reading Gates of Fire, which is about the battle of Thermopylae. The Spartans seemed to embody the warrior mindset…

  4. TanvirKaur says:

    poerful and upholding words shared

  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Beautiful Brad, so well rhymed and so well said, the precise word beautifully said…

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    You are able to often draw a tear from my brown eyes. You are a gallant soldier to me every day Brad. A gentleman who braved battle for his Country and survived. You are a special soul, a man with a poet’s heart that lead the great fight. Now I pray you know the differences you made for so many. Sending tears coated in blue to show my love and appreciation. ❤️💧💧 Jonikins

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