Saturday, May 19, 2012

Peter A. Hornbach writes thought provoking poetry that seeks to lift the veil from the nature of reality, and the social world.   His poetry bestows upon the reader intellectual food for thought and an element of expressive emotion.  He has served in the United States Army, 10th Mountain Division/Afghanistan 2003/04.  He is a Commercial Diver, and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Kutztown University where he has written  anthropological papers on a variety of subjects.  His hopes are to go to Africa and work for the betterment of the people there after he has finished his degree in nursing.  Peter started writing at a very young age. He is the author of “The Final Inspection” featured on The Home Make-Over TV Show.  Mr. Hornbach wishes to lessen the suffering of the world, and to leave it a better place for having been here.  Writing for P.A. Hornbach is second only to breathing.  His writings express his deep feelings of life and the world as he sees it.   Peter A. Hornbach is a true wordsmith in every sense of the expression.

The Final Inspection

A soldier died and stood before God, as must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining, just as brightly as his brass.

The Lord said, “Soldier, how shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek, to my church have you been true?”

The soldier squared his shoulders and said, “No Lord I guess I ain’t,
Cause those of us that carry guns, can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays, at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I was violent, cause this world is awfully rough,

But I never took a dime that wasn’t mine to keep,
Although I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills just got too steep.

I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here,
They never wanted me around, except to calm their fears.

But if you have a place for me, it needn’t be so grand,
I never had or expected much, but if you don’t I’ll understand.

And there was a silence around the throne, where saints had often trod,
As the soldier waited for the judgment of his mighty God.

Suddenly the Lord said, “Step forward soldier! You’ve borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on heaven’s streets, you’ve done your time in hell.”

Peter Alexander Hornbach
All Rights reserved, Copyright 2002.


  1. Hi Susan, thank you for sharing Peter's poem.

  2. I'm sorry to have to tell you that Peter Hornbach did not write this poem. It was circulating online at least 20 years ago and was originally about a policeman, not a soldier. See this page for more details and evidence:

  3. I'm the guy who asked that Ask Metafilter question. Given they share surnames, I expect the blog author is a relative of Mr. Hornbach, and that you won't be convincing her. But no matter who wrote this particular variant, said variant was heavily inspired by a World War I poem, oddly enough, called "Our Hitch in Hell".