Canadian Peacekeeping Stories


Jersay
#1
This is a site I found two years ago when I was looking at information for the United Nations. It is stories that former U.N peacekeepers from Canada provided and it sheds some light on what Canadian peacekeepers do. It also provides some other nice links to other info.

I will list the link and two of the stories.

www.peacekeeper.ca/stories.html#7 (external - login to view)

WHEELCHAIR SOLDIER
HE PROUDLY WORE HIS BLUE BERET
AS HE WALKED ACROSS THE SAND
HIS THOUGHTS WERE OF CANADA FAR AWAY,
FROM THIS BLEAK AND WARTORN LAND

HE COULD HAVE STAYED AWAY FROM HERE
AWAY FROM THIS PLACE OF HARM
HE COULD HAVE STAYED IN VEGGREVILLE
AND WORKED HIS FATHER'S FARM

HE VOLUNTEERED, HE CHOSE TO SERVE
HE WANTED TO PROVE THAT HE HAD NERVE
AN AIRBORNE SOLDIER HE WOULD BE
A HALO JUMPER FALLING FREE

HIS POSTING OVERSEAS CAME THROUGH
HE CHANGED BERETS FROM MAROON TO BLUE
AND EVERYTHING WAS GOING FINE
UNTIL HE STEPPED UPON THAT MINE

AT NDMC THEY WERE GOOD TO HIM
MADE HIM A LEG AND TAUGHT HIM TO SWIM
THEY GAVE HIM A MEDAL - A U.N. GONG
AND TOLD HIM HE COULD NO LONGER SOLDIER ON

HIS HEART WAS HEAVY AND FILLED WITH DESPAIR
AS HE WHEELED HIMSELF TO CHAPEL IN A CHAIR
HE HAD COME HOME LESS A LEG TO HIS WIFE
BUDDY - BEHIND HIM - HAD LOST HIS LIFE

God Bless the Peacekeepers!

THE PRINCE OF PEACE WEARS A BLUE BERET
OR
GOD LIVES IN ALL OF US
I don't know if God lives in temple or church
- in a synagogue, cathedral or mosque.
In my heart I feel his existance is real
By his love for the child that is lost.

Mortars rain down on village and town
Assault troops then even the score
A few survive, one or two are alive
Wee Orphans, the Children of War.

Again and again our brave U.N. men
Gather up those who remain
Taking them to the rear, away from the fear
The death, the suffering, the pain.

Out of a shack it's door burned black
came a whailing a loud crying sound.
By a wall of sod was a wee child of God
A miracle baby was a found.

In all the smoke tough peacekeepers joke
holding back tears rage and fear.
In the canteen those things they have seen
are flashed back o'er pitchers of beer.

I question if God lives in temple or church
synagogue, cathedral or mosque.
He lives in the foxhole the bunker the trench
Good shephard to the child that is lost.
 
Jersay
#2
Have to say this guy is a good poet, even though it is kind of ironic what he is talking about.
 
Jersay
#3
Anyone read these stories.
 

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