Erect, the toy soldier stood,
His wooden arms straight at his side,
The Colonel eyed him up and down,
"ADVANCE, SIR, AND BE RECOGNIZED!"
The toy soldier, at attention,
Responded to the stern command,
"I'm Captain Marmalade," he said,
"Yes sir! That's who I am!"
"Well, Marmalade," replied the Colonel,
(Himself, a boy of six),
"I don't like to tell you this,
But we're in one awful fix."
"The enemy has surrounded us,
Our ammunition's almost gone,
Our food and water both are low,
And nightfall's coming on."
"I'm wounded bad," the Colonel
"Though not bad enough to die,
But you must plan to take my
In case I don't survive."
"Good grief!" thought Captain
Still standing at attention,
"So much responsibility,
So much pressure ... so much tension!"
But undaunted and courageous,
He made and laid his plans,
He assembled all the troops,
And took over the command.
A unit here; a unit there,
Strategically, he placed,
Men aimed their guns and drew their
Against the onslaught that they
The foe stealthily approached,
The sun had gone; the sky was
"FIRE!" yelled Captain Marmalade,
Just as the enemy attacked!
BOOM! BOOM! BANG! BANG! Gun fire
The battle had begun!
Soon Marmalade and his brigade,
Had forced the foe to run!
Captain Marmalade was very brave,
And victory was close at hand,
Then suddenly the battle ceased,
When someone else assumed
Both the Captain and the Colonel
When they heard the General speak,
"PUT AWAY YOUR TOYS, SON!
IT'S TIME YOU WENT ASLEEP!"
"But Mom, the battle's almost won,"
The little Colonel pled,
"NO, SON! IT IS COMPLETELY DONE!"
The Five Star General said.
"Aw, Mom, the men are fighting hard,
And Cap'n Marmalade is winning,"
"I'LL HELP HIM WIN!," said the wily
Who could not keep from grinning.
With that, she took a pillow
From the tiny Colonel's bed,
And SLAMMED it down on the
"BOMBS AWAY!" THE General said.
The hills and valleys were destroyed!
The battle scene was gone!
The soldiers fled ... alive ... not
In spite of Mama's bomb!
Captain Marmalade was
Though the bomb had caught him,
Yet he stood erect and showed
Because that's what soldiers
Then the General and the Colonel,
(The wise mother
and her son),
Giggled, hugged, and kissed "Good
And that's how the war was won!
Copyright December 2007
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