Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Old Soldier--By Ann Christine Tabaka--United States

Old Soldier

A leaf...a soldier
Survived the winter
Tenaciously hanging
Onto bare branches

The heavy snows
And howling winds
Could not budge them;
They remained resilient

Now spring is here
And the old yields
To the green buds
& pushy young men

The soldier and leaf
Both stand with pride
As life cycles continue
They boldly step aside

Ann Christine Tabaka, is better known by her middle name, Chris. She has been writing poems and rhymes since she was fourteen. She was an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer.  She recently had 4 poems accepted into the upcoming Contemporary Group’s anthology Dandelion in a Vase of Roses, and 2 poems accepted by The Society of Classical Poets, and will have poems in the summer 2017 issue of Halcyon Days Magazine.


  1. Dear Ann,
    This to me is a heart touching catch 22. I loved reading
    The words conveying the reach of the old brave solder.
    Thank you for sharing these great words.

    1. Thank you so much Yancy. I am touched by your kind response.

    2. Your Welcome Ann, Nice to have your words to read
      and ponder. Blessings to you.

    3. I just descovered, I called you Ann, when you go
      by Chris. I will not make that mistake again.

  2. Chris,
    A great poem. Welcome to Whispers if you are new, a warm welcome from me even if you are not.
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate your warm welcome.

  3. Dear Chris,

    Your poem reminds me of a similar poem by Wallace Stevens, "The Death of a Soldier." In Stevens' poem the season is autumn whereas yours is spring, however the idea of comparing "leaf and soldier" and seasonal cycles is quite striking between the two.
    Very nice poem,
    Thank you,

  4. Thank you Michael. I was not familiar with that poem. I had to look it up.

  5. I enjoyed your poem Chris, thank you for sharing it with us.