To a Fallen Peacekeeper

We are pleased to reproduce the poem "To a Fallen Peacekeeper" by Mr. Bob Kerr of Kanata, Ontario. We are grateful for his permission to publish the work. Mr. Kerr is a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Had I seen him fall...
I could have caught him
Eased his pain and
Bound his wounds-
He'd not have passed alone
So far from home.

Had I heard the shot
Had I seen the shooter
Had I seen him exposed
Had I been able to yell-
Had I ... had I ...
So far from home

My mind knows all the reasons
but my heart hears only the tears,
that he had to be there and fall
in somebody else's bloody business,
in the insanity of their freedom
So far from home.