My Watch Has Ended

My Bride and I

My Bride and I at my Retirement Ceremony

My watch has ended
It’s time to take off my boots.
My watch has ended
I leave it to new recruits.

My watch has ended
But my legacy shall remain
In the souls I’ve tended
Who will never forget my name.

My watch is ended
I left my mark hard and true
On Soldiers commended
For into leaders they grew.

My watch is ended,
Stood for my gods and Forebears,
A nation defended
To leave for my heirs.

My watch has ended
But my oath still stands.
I have rounds not yet expended
If you dare invade my land.


©Kenneth W. Hammes
Staff Sergeant (Retired)
United States Army
31 March 2016

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