Today’s challenge is yet another from a conversation with a friend. I was explaining to Veri that years ago I had formed a guild in a fairly popular online game and called that guild The Unfallen. The guild’s purpose was to honor the heroes of the world who still stood after 9/11 and all of this and continue to be our military and first responders. The fact is that the guild’s members ended up being largely players who were just that in the day to day world. Veri asked me to write a poem about these “Unfallen” in our everyday world. I’ll do my best.
The Unfallen by Michael Romani When I was younger, I was raised on tales About those who stood brave enough to prevail Against all wrongs they strove to do right Putting their honor, their courage and might Up against those things that might crush Unafraid to jump head long into the battle's rush As a child, I knew that given the chance to do All of these things I would suit up and fight too I had heard tales of my heritage and was proud Proud enough to serve my best that I was allowed Looking at the standards to which I wished to measure I put this honor and duty above and beyond all treasure As I grew older, I came to find I was not the only one That courage, pride and sacred duty called to be done Side by side we stood the test to give freedom's cost Sadly, we came to bury some of us who fell and were lost We swore allegiance that though gone they'd not be forgot We would never allow that to become their final lot There have been and always will be poems for all of these Not a day passes by that doesn't find some of us on our knees Lifting hands in prayers, hiding tears that will always flow While quietly living our lives even from the casted shadow Always we strive on to do our very best in honor and in right Hoping to encourage others in our stead to continue the good fight This then is a poem for all who honorably answer the calling Unfallen, they push forward into the danger without stalling Ready to take on all adversity to make life one of liberty Willing to cash the check and pay the price for you and me Our soldiers, our sailors, Marines, Coast Guard into the fray And for all the first responders who serve us every day This is also a poem for those on the home front who save A place of love and sanctuary for all of us who they gave Their love and hearts for as they raised and raise our family I say family because really, we are one, all of us; you and me We shed the same blood, cry the same tears and persevere Giving our all so that others don't have to; year after year I ask that others remember this when the world is falling down Give us encouragement as we help keep this world spinning around Shoulder to shoulder we stand firmly, solidly and tall Providing the buffer to those who suffer, strengthened like a wall We are those willing to be the first in line and forgotten kisses To take the first losses to protect those we know and the misses The misses of sometimes being called to far off, strange lands Willingly enduring to make this world better as it so demands I have lived this life a lifetime now and hope I have served well And I write this simple bit of poetry for the Unfallen detail Giving perhaps this warrior's final contribution and salute To all of you out there still standing, unfallen and resolute (c) September 23, 2018 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved