A Jingle for the Granger

By Boot Girl Myra

To honor Granger Smith for putting his boots on and making the 100 mile trek from Austin to Ft. Hood, I tried my hand at a little poetry. What struck me when we visited about his recent walk was one simple notion of something that kept jingling. A friend of Granger’s asked him to carry her father’s dog tags for the journey. When the walk became difficult, whether it be sunburn, incessant wind, blistered feet or the unexpected and constant media coverage; above the noise he could hear the jingling of the tags under his shirt. While you read this very rudimentary poem enjoy, a little background music and video Granger’s team produced logging his 5 day, 100 mile walk to Ft. Hood to personally thank our troops.

Jingle, jingle, jingle
went the tags around his neck
96 mile in
and he wasn’t quite the wreck

that one might imagine
for a guy whose spent his days
passing by cows and grass
and sleeping in dust and haze

waking along next to speeding cars
thinking of friends long-past from wars

In Boots no less
With 4 miles to go
Joined by friends and strangers
Flags waving to and fro

What gives this guy the will to press on?
But knowing his battle has been won

By men and women
who choose to serve
giving up what they
also deserve

Like time with family,
parties and events
instead,  sleeping somewhere
far off in tents

4 miles to go
The crowds begin to mingle
Amidst the clamor he hears
Jingle, jingle, jingle


About BootCampaign

The Boot Campaign is a grassroots initiative started by five women from Texas known as the Boot Girls. The Boot Campaign is a new way Americans can show their support for our active duty service members and veterans. This grassroots campaign has captured the attention of American celebrities and civilians – from professional athletes, politicians, country music stars and more – and is quickly gaining momentum. Money raised will support troops and veterans through the work of the Lone Survivor Foundation and other charities.
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