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Titan II

    “Titans of the Watch”
    They called them the Titans
    Like the giants of old
    And giants they were
    Standing deadly and cold
    They in their silver
    And we in our blue
    Alongside them we watched
    And all enemies knew
    We were there

    We felt oft-ignored
    Without glory we served
    We relied on each other
    And we stood by our word
    In a life without rhythm
    Lived by the clocks
    Let it never be said
    That we failed on the watch

    So we passed the long hours
    In silence we watched
    No silhouettes painted
    No gun belts to notch
    No medals or trophies
    No break to the night
    But the oath-keepers’ vigil
    Let others have light

    In the core of the earth
    In the armored command
    Power undreamed of
    In our keys and our hands
    They called it a cold war
    And cold it was kept
    We knew that behind us
    The citizens slept
    They didn’t think of us
    Or they wished us away
    But we kept the watch
    To give them the day

    We still know each other
    Hair silver and grey
    The Titan’s proud comrades
    We are to this day
    We know what we did
    We know what it was worth
    And brothers we are
    Until we return to the earth
    No more the sirens
    Or the ticks of the clocks
    Let it read on my tombstone
    “He kept the watch”

    By Matt Bille
    Former Titan II Crew Commander