A Sailors Prayer

A Sailor’s Prayer

 

We will not go gently into this dark night, For the love we carry will guide the light, And hold our tears ‘til the morning’s bright. Awakened again into the night, We will not go gently into this dark night, The day surrounds us without its light, And silence falls, come soon the night. Where shadows cast past fire’s light, We will not go gently into this dark night, The paths before us, the dark, the light, We ask for nothing, we know what’s right. The truth, the glory, it’s found its fight, Our strength, our courage, our guiding light, We will not go gently into this dark night, And give our life without the right. To call the sun into the night, And question the question, what’s wrong, what’s right, We will not go gently into this dark night. For the love we hare will guide the light, And pray someday you find what’s right? We pray someday you find the light, We will not go gently into this great night. The paths before us, the dark, the light, Tomorrow comes and so the fight, Where Heroes fall but still we fight, Their voices call into the night, This war won’t end, no end in sight. We ask for nothing, we fight this fight, We ask for nothing, we know what’s right, We ask for nothing, We found the light.

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Joseph Anthony Welteroth, US Navy/Winter 1945, Pacific Ocean

Dedicated to those who have served and are serving our great nation
Published in the NY Times by Joseph, Michael, Gregory, and Jacob Welteroth