By Carolyn Hunter / Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
I am an American soldier
Bravely protecting the Red, White, and Blue
I am a warrior standing proudly between the enemy and you,
I endure the wet and cold to engage the enemy we are facing.
I will also engage them in hot, sandy, and unpleasant places,
I am quick learner, adjusting to foreign lands,
Realizing sometimes I am disliked even when giving a helping hand.
Learning different cultures, languages and what each of them demand,
I witness others anguish and poverty; praying my presence will make a change.
Knowing often our fate is influenced by others out of harm's range.
Dear Lord, I pray decisions are made by good and honest men,
Who understand real lives are affected by their decisions and values.
For which they stand,
Oh, sweet symbol of freedom, what I wouldn't do for you?
Flying high and proudly for freedom and truth,
May God continue to protect us who pledge our lives to you,
I believe in America and her sweet symbol of freedom:
The Red, White, and Blue.
Carolyn Hunter is a native of Meridian. She has a graduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Nursing Administration. She has been a nurse for 38 years. She published her first book of poetry in 2001. The book is titled "Heart and Soul Love Life Poetry: Words of Faith Love and Healing." She also enjoys writing songs that warm the heart and heal the soul.