From the The Canton Rep:
CANTON – When 1st Lt. Aaron Seesan died in combat on May 22, 2005, in Iraq, his parents did not know he had written a prescient poem, â€œEulogy of the Common Soldier,â€ as a high-school senior six years earlier. [...]
Here is the poem:
EULOGY OF THE COMMON SOLDIER
All mortal beings, which God brought forth, die the same Man is not exempt All will inevitably end as the dust from whence we came It matters not of age Do not mourn me if I should fall in a foreign land Think this of my passing In a far-off field a finer soil mixed with the foreign sand A dust that is American A dust that laughed, cried, and loved as an American On this plot there shall be A little piece of America, a patch for the free man Which no oppressor can take From this soil grows grass shimmering a little greener Brilliant emerald ramparts A Breeze whisping White Poppies with scent a little sweeter Flowers towards heaven Mourn not my terrible death but celebrate my cause in life Viewed noble or not I would have sacrificed and gave all that I had to give Not to make man good But only to let the good man live.
â€” Aaron Seesan
We recently lost a another member of the Vine.
The family asked that we did not report it or identify the Viner.
The Viner was a highly decorated retired military veteran of the USA.
The Viner should at least be eulogized for service to our country.
Sometimes a friend,
sometimes a protagonist.
Sometimes an Administrator,
sometimes an antagonist.
Often a pain in the ass,
just as often,
mean and crass
Quick to apologize privately by email,
these messages defied the rudeness oft expressed on the Vine.
This Viner developed many politically color blind friendships
each of this Viner's off line family
would be stunned to learn of the others.
When one of us falls,
which is inevitable for everyone,
the caissons keep rolling along,
even as we head off into the wild blue yonder.
Fair winds and following seas, friend.
we were privileged to have known you.
Although the instructions to the family were to delete all Vine,
email and Facebook accounts, we shall not soon forget your contributions.
Semper Fi my friend,