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Old Jarhead Poems – The Heart of a Marine – Repost from Marine Corps Web Log

January 16, 2012

Old Jarhead Poems

By Cpl. Beddoe On 2012/01/16 · 2 Comments · In MY BOOK REVIEWS, POEMS

I recently read “Old Jarhead Poems – The Heart of a Marine” by Robert A. Hall.

Old Jarhead Poems

In all my years of reading Marine Corps literature, never I have come across such a meaningful and reflective book of Marine poems. One or two I recognized from past editions of Leatherneck Magazine but most of the poems I had never read and Brother, how beautifully inspiring they were.

Anyone who has served in our beloved Corps would thoroughly enjoy reading the outstanding heartfelt words of Robert Hall, such as this one:

The Honor of Our Corps

When the beer, it flows like water,

And the talk, it turns to war,

Then we speak of absent comrades

And the Honor of our Corps.

Of the fights in distant places

And the friends who are no more,

Dying faithful to the nation

And the Honor of our Corps.

Though our bones are growing brittle

And our eyes are growing poor,

Still our hearts are young and valiant

For the Honor of our Corps.

Should the Eagle, Globe and Anchor

Call us to the field once more,

We would muster at the summons

For the Honor of our Corps.

When the years have told our story

And we close the final door,

We will pass to you for keeping

Bright the Honor of our Corps.

Will you take the awesome burden?

Will you face the fire of war?

Will you proudly bear the title

For the Honor of our Corps?

Copyright © Robert A. Hall, 2011

via Marine Corps Web Log.

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  8. David Navarre permalink
    February 12, 2013 4:22 pm

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  9. David Navarre permalink
    January 18, 2012 9:27 am

    Robert Hall, the Old Jarhead, also blogs – at http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/

  10. January 16, 2012 2:16 pm

    Oh and if you want to buy the book, All author’s proceeds from “Old Jarhead Poems” are donated to “The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund” to help wounded troops and their families, so buy your copy now! So please go through the link following the post above and order a copy.

  11. January 16, 2012 2:15 pm

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  12. January 16, 2012 2:09 pm

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    • January 16, 2012 2:24 pm

      You’re welcome. I love poetry, I just wish I had been given the gift that you have been in your ability to write it. Instead I will just have to settle for enjoying the works of others. =)

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