Soldier Boy

Written during the height of the Iraq War and the great recession.  For upcoming Memorial Day – fourth in the series of Torrito’s war poetry

Unemployed for fourteen months
bank foreclosing on our home
moving into grandpa’s place
can’t support the wife and son

No money for my boy’s tuition
had to spend the college fund;
deciding to be independent
he joined the Army on his own

Needs to find his way himself
won’t live off his dad no more
ain’t no jobs in our fair city
not for him the Walmart store

“Don’t worry dad I’ll be just fine
gonna make it on my own
I just want to ease your burden
hope you’re proud that I’m your son”

And so my boy went far away
facing bullets while his dad
keeps looking everyday for work
his momma old before her time.




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Soldier Boy

  1. beetleypete says:

    A modern-day dustbowl, Frank. So much for the ‘New Deal.’
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. jfwknifton says:

    Yes, a great poem…and it would be a great song.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I love it! Straight to the point and with a nice flow!

    Liked by 2 people

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