Worn Leather Boots

Have you walked a mile in my shoes 

Have you ever attended a funeral in dress blues

Have you ever had to fight back a tear

While burying your fifth brother this year 
When was the last time someone spit in your face

Because of your uniform with no regard for you gender or race 

When was the last time a child was scared of your presence 

Because their parents had threatened them with a false sentence 
How many times have you cut down a lifeless person

How many times have you told a crying child their dad’s in heaven

How many times have you seen someone at their worst 

How many times have you been cursed 
Where were you when your son took his first steps

Were you at home with friends and family filling the room with claps

Where were you when your daughter had the lead in her school play

Some of us don’t Have that luxury and even work on a holiday.
You do not have the right to pass judgement

You have never fought for your life in a tiny apartment 

You have never lived through my nightmare

So don’t be surprised that your opinion does not cause me to care

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