Simple Things

In light of the fourth of July coming up next week, I wrote a poem to give thanks to our veterans for all the many things that they do.  As far as one stanza of the poem, the simple gift we’re giving back: our ward is bringing this poem and picnic baskets around to the veterans within ward boundaries, so that’s the gift we’re giving

Simple Things


Simple gifts, simple things

all that you have preserved for us

Maybe we’ll never truly comprehend

the sacrifice you have made


There is never enough thanks

we can give

for the life that you have won

for all of us

Giving us simple gifts of simple things


Through your loyalty and strength

despite those showing less gratitude and grace

Means more than any other gift you could have given

by putting yourself on the line

you’ve preserved our simple things


So here’s a simple thing we give to you

simple thanks, not adequate enough

to fully express our gratitude

for the soldier you have become


Thank you, soldier, for your part

doing more than we ever could

sacrificing a sure future for yourself

so we could have a future for our country


May God bless you forever on

for everything you have done

Sacrificing yourself, as he sacrificed his Son

for our safety and our freedom to choose


May Life, Liberty and Happiness

follow you wherever you be

until you are again

welcomed home


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