Peer Review by yapyapxy (Singapore)

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A soldiers Prayer

By: Riley Noel


Please bless this mans heart 
fill it with courage 
please bless this mans body 
give it strength and power
please bless this mans family 
who waits fro him at home 
but if deaths soft embrace 
takes this mans soul
then please bless this mans sons 
give them the will to carry on 
please bless this mans daughters 
give them hope in their darkest hour
and please bless this mans wife
give her my love 
and give her the strength to love again 
this I ask 

Message to Readers

I wrote this for my best friends husband he has it hanging in his squads living quarters. He says his men look at it everyday and are thankful to have it. Just thought I would share it with you guys this poem means the world to em and any comments or questions please feel free to ask. Thanks

Peer Review

"but if deaths soft embrace" I felt it ironic that a soldier, who often engages in aggressive combat and fights to live in every battle, would put up no fight with death. That being said, this phrase is fine as it stands (though maybe an apostrophe for "death's"?). I love the implicit idea that soldiers have made peace with the prospect of death in their line of duty, which further adds to the idea of selflessness.

Respect and humility, for the intangible things the selfless speaker asks for in order to give others a better world. It made me question the sacrifice the general public sometimes forget when they're out there securing our country.

Was this based off you or a person you tried to identify with? If not, was there an event that galvanised this idea? Second question, if I may: is the lack of apostrophes a stylistic thing? While somewhat odd, I did like the softening effect it gave to the line "but if deaths soft embrace"

Reviewer Comments

I loved the simplicity yet deep implications of this piece - there is a strong and recurring idea of the sacrifices soldiers give up for their nation.

I think that the thoughts of soldiers are not explored much, especially on WTW where most writers are students who have not undergone the experience of serving the nation in the military. This was hence a refreshing read and also very compelling.

One small issue I have would be the choice of title capitalisation, but that is a very small issue.

Great work, wishing you all the best in your writing endeavours!

P.S. Thank you for your lovely review! I hope this one made your day as much as it made mine :-)