In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Poem from a fallen soldier's sister: The American Soldier

Dedicated to my brother, Ryan David Jopek, serving in Iraq.

He has a strong heart
and great amount of stubborn pride
He's a brave one
and he shows it with every stride
I know he won't let us down
as he serves our country over
in a dangerous land
For, even though he won't admit it,
he's holding God's hand
He'll fight for their freedom
while helping us hold on to ours
Even though he may come back
with some frightening scars
I love this man,
they call an American Soldier
I love him,
is my brother

Jessica Lynn Jopek
Copyright ©2006 Jessica Jopek


At 3:52 PM, Blogger kbug said...

This is beautiful...but now I'm crying again.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger AFSister said...

Oh no... no, no, no.....
Smink, I am so sorry to hear about this death. I know Sammy will be very glad to see you and will lean on you for strength. I am just so sad for you all.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...


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At 9:36 PM, Blogger Rosemary said...

God bless Jessica's family and her. May He hold their hands through their loss. God bless this young man who gave his all for us. HE is the Patriot.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Rosemary said...

Dear Smink,
I missed the part about him being your brother. I am so sorry for your loss.

I seem to remember a statement, but not per batum: "It is not the amount of time we live, but what we do with the time we have."

I know that is no comfort, but he did what was good, just, and right. I thank God for his service, and I thank you for yours as well. Damn...

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Wir für Sie said...

will be good...

At 2:38 PM, Blogger BTS said...

Hey Sminklemeyer,
Congrats on the marriage thing. That is nice news. I'm emailing you b/c you blog about Iraq and I just wrote a rap song about Iraq. I don't know how I did this: I think I must have channeled somefolks, but anyway, I see that you publish poetry on your web (and I could find you on google) so I thought I'd send you an FYI...

It's supposed to be funny, but serious too. I could be way off, but it's worth a try.

Hope that you're back state side and enjoying life's small pleasures.


At 1:07 AM, Blogger Christopher said...

Soldier Dedication - original song and video

spreading the love and appreciation by honoring those who serve...thank you veterans!!!!

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At 3:35 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Jinekomasti says ;God bless Jessica's family and her. May He hold their hands through their loss. God bless this young man who gave his all for us. HE is the Patriot.


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