Long poem by
ROGER SATNARINE | Details |
~WELCOME TO FORT APPARITION~
~A long dramatic verse poem in rhyme~
“Hmm; I see you are new?”
“Yes, Doctor; stationed here almost a year ago.”
“I think I figured out your problem!?”
“But please tell me so that I may know.”
“Know what; if I am crazy!?”
“It is as it does; so the saying goes!”
“OK just please relax.”
“Take a deep breath, and breathe in through your nose.”
“Now very slowly please.”
“Would you start from the beginning?”
“Yes Doctor, I shall.”
“But why are you grinning!?”
“Oh; I’m sorry, it’s because;”
“I already made my diagnosis!”
“Hearing your story;”
“Would confirm my prognosis!?”
“Lay back on the sofa.”
“Tell me everything.”
“And please; don’t be ashamed.”
“To tell me… anything;”
“I will do my best.”
“To listen objectively;”
“I've heard it all before.”
“Let’s start; the minutes go quickly!”
“It happened on the same night.”
“I first met this beauty in the snack bar.”
“A chance encounter; total strangers;”
“Now we’re a couple, leaving in the same car;”
“We get back to my place.”
“And she asks to take a shower!?”
“Don’t laugh Doc; I fell asleep.”
“She was in there for over an hour!”
“Now this is the part.”
“That gets strange and really weird.”
“I am a tough man.”
“But this has me somewhat scared.”
“I thought she slipped me.”
“Some kind of drug in my drink;”
“All I remember was falling asleep.”
“Then it’s morning and I’m shaving in the sink!?”
“But I am certain of what I feel.”
“My body knows that it just had sex.”
“But I can’t remember at all; “
“That’s the part that has me vex!”
“The Doctor stands and stretches.”
“Is time up!?” “No I needed to reach something.”
“Would you please continue?”
“Yes; I was just remembering.”
“That first night she was with me.”
“I did in fact feel her for a while!”
“There you go again Doctor!”
“What’s up with the smile?”
“”It’s because I know what’s coming.”
“That you met her only once.”
“The rest would sound crazy.”
“But be assured I am no dunce.”
“Every now and then;”
“You awake to the sweet smell of her perfume.”
“And it looks and feels.”
“Like you two just made love all over the room!?”
“But all you remember;”
“Was dancing in the bar, her in the shower, and you in bed!?”
“Know you had sex, can’t remember it.”
“Now you think you’re going out your head!”
“This happens every now and then.”
“And you are here for some answers!?”
“Well then here it is.”
“You are but one of her many private dancers!”
“What; she pulls a one night stand.”
“Then months later; climbs through my window.”
“Perhaps that would explain.”
“Why you keep seeing her shadow!”
“No; you are not insane.”
“But what I say next; may drive you mad!?”
“This would help explain.”
“All those wet dreams you've had!”
“You have never met.”
“Nor seen her anytime before!”
The Doctor said; showing him a picture.
One look; and he faints on the floor!”
Some smelling salts;
Finally awakens him.
“Just breathe easy.”
“And don’t look so grim!”
“Doctor I am having a very hard time.”
“I’m trying, in my own way, to process this!”
“For now just consider yourself lucky.”
“Upon fainting; the table’s edge your head did miss!”
“OK I’m ready; show me again.”
“I hope this time it’s not as scary!?”
Once again he looked at her picture.
It was from a century’s old obituary!
“Rosie has a thing.”
“For every new soldier in town;”
“The Troops will soon be rotated.”
“Then somebody else comes to me with a frown.”
“Is it a blessing or a curse?”
“I often thought real hard!”
“Until that one day.”
“Rosie left me her calling card!”
“What!” “You too Doctor!?”
Each showed the other; their white silk gloves!
“The legend says.”
“Rosie leaves them for whomever she loves!”
“There are a few days left.”
“Until your arrival’s one year anniversary;”
“Rosie will pay you one final visit.”
“Then find a new lover from the commissary.”
“Why haven’t you left this post yet Doc?”
“Aren’t you in the least bit scared?”
“I can’t leave this place or my Rosie.”
“She is the only one to whom my soul is shared.”
“Is it me or is it getting cold!?”
“There’s a sweater in that locker.”
“Thank you Doctor I’ll get it.”
"I turn around and there was the shocker!"
"Just that quick;"
"In an instant everyone was gone."
“Private; what the hell are you doing in here!?”
“No one is allowed in this building until dawn!”
“Are you new to this unit!?”
“Yes Sir; I’m just reporting for duty!”
“Isn’t this medical reception?”
“No it’s the new commissary!”
“Are you drunk or stoned soldier!?”
“No Sir!” MP’s escort him to my office!”
“Sit down and read this.”
“I hope it brings you some solace.”
There in front of me was a newspaper clipping.
The headline was over one hundred years old.
“Brave Psychiatrist dies in fire with Chef Rosie!”
“Yes Private, in time those special few are told!”
“The real truth of what happens;”
“Here at this isolated Out-Post.”
“Everyone at some point;”
“Will encounter their own special ghost!”
“I see you have met two already.”
“Captain I see no flame!”
“But smoke is coming from your pipes stem!?”
“Please Sir would you tell me!?”
“Are you also one of them!?”
The Captain then showed the Private.
His own pair of Rosie’s gloves;
“We are lucky son.”
“Some soldiers only get shoves!”
“Very soon is your rotation out of here.”
“And she will leave you forever!”
“You should let her love you.”
“Once more if you’re clever;”
“When I was your age;”
“I did just that and it was the best body spasm.”
“Now don’t be afraid.”
“Not everyone can say they had a phantasm orgasm!”
“So then Captain;”
“You must be a ghost as well!?”
“Yes I am.”
“But this is not Fort Hell.”
“Although some of us;”
“Have not accepted it yet;”
“By and large you should;”
“Like the one’s you have met!?”
“Captain am I too a ghost!?”
“Well son that depends on your cognition.”
“What is written on the Front Post sign?”
“Sadly the Private says; Welcome to Fort Apparition!”
~By: Roger Chad Satnarine 2015~
Long poem by
Loch David Crane | Details |
The Mojo Trick
Loch David Crane
Sweat-sticky and hot! The P. I. is not
a comfortable place to be;
but sit here and perspire (as though by the fire)
and I'll tell a tale to thee.
I was coming alive in a Philippine dive
after Mojo and San Miguels;
the raging fire in my stomach went higher
but my sea legs rode out the swells.
I began with a pitcher of Mojo that hit
a spot in my appetite;
and glass after glass I drank till the last
and soon was feeling just right.
Then a hostess sat down in a low-cut gown
and asked "I sit with you tonight?"
And I nodded OK in a nonchalant way
so she seated herself on my right.
Now the hostesses here are all drink San Miguel beer
And the same is served all around;
but it don't show much class to charge five times' a glass
when serving's the same size per round.
So you pay a dear price to drink beer over ice
which is how it is served in P.I.;
if you buy a girl beer when she says "I work here,"
then she knows you're a Big Spender guy.
So I looked at this girl and my mind began to whirl
and the Mojo played a trick.
Her face was so funny – a nose like a bunny –
I wouldn't let her flick my Bic!
I won’t call her ugly, but with that funny mug she'd
make customers run and hide;
you could send that girl in to a crowded room; then
watch as horrified man stepped outside.
So as I drank my beer with a grin ear to ear
I said "My name is Billy, I think."
She was hardly demure; she said "My name is La Tour.
I love you no lie. Buy me drink."
Well I should have said "no," and let the chick go
but I wasn't alone in the place;
and the thought of all night with this dog was a fright
though her body was nice – but that face!
I thought "just one more brew,” cause I'd only had two,
and I said that I'd buy her a drink.
Then she gave me a grin with her toothless brown chin
and my self image started to sink.
But because I was shy (I'm just that sort of guy)
I just couldn't tell her to leave;
so I stared at the band and I drummed with my hand
and I brushed off the lint from my sleeve.
Well the music was fine; but the bar girl's next line
was to say "Are you married, young man?"
And I saw my way out and lied with a pout –
told her I had a wife in Japan.
So she finished her beer, and was soon gone from here,
and I ordered two beers to celebrate;
I was lucky, I thought, not to get caught
between her and a magistrate.
For the Philippine girls wear long dresses and curls
and use perfume and makeup for baits;
for to marry a guy, seaman or G.I.,
means a free trip back to the States.
Then a man from the crew asked me "What's wrong with you?
Why did you let that girl go?"
And I told him her face was scare spots off an ace
but he looked back at me and said "No."
I called for "beer 12" and started to delve
into my pocket for money;
my friend said "I'll buy," and his cash didn't lie,
and "Mind if I sit with your honey?"
I said "you can do just what you want to do,"
and I said that I couldn’t look at her;
but he thought she was cute, had a nice bod to boot,
so I nodded to go ahead after.
But beer thirteen made my vision grow keen,
and I saw what a prize I had missed;
"I have drunk too much brew! She was beautiful, too."
as I saw him voluptuously kissed.
I thought "How could this be? She said she loved me! "
My hand shook; my ice cubes went clink.
I heard her say to him "My name is Tuptim.
I love you no lie. By me drink."
So I smiled. I was glad; I was no longer mad
'cause the Mojo had clouded my eyes;
I realized then she was after my friend,
and I hoped he was quick with his lies.
So it's "sailor beware!" In Olongopo there;
where the girls fish for guys in the bars;
and though I often roam, I always come home,
– single! Thanking my lucky stars.
– By the Phantom of the O2 level
(O1 and O2 are Officer’s and Civilians’ quarters on the USS Kitty Hawk; I taught English aboard several ships at sea, in the Program Afloat for College Education.)
Long poem by
Timothy Jacks | Details |
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drew boy i grew up
still def still be a cre4ators tool
wipers for the pain tears drop
fear not, fret no baby worrys from the devil. whispers on my ear xrtays , be very afraid, cantrall camaflauge like a sand dollar, honor boy we descretion , a virtue is all im left now, we the still launching balls in the park, remarks, its remarkableaint it?deep all dark as the cell lights from weldsgenuine from the top to the bottom, weathered by the struggle tried and true i confess tyhe devil still got a bounty on my head here, Weapons come bring all even that
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the devil, and i will face him,
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and put a X on a narc's head, boy im part metal, its what i teethed on, Like Im thuggish for accidents that the dicate the laws broken by a skunk, feel my blanco vendetta,as it shrinks your stature, just suppose I stole your power, well ***** u can have it back,
Long poem by
James Clark | Details |
It was a dry, dusty day when I saw the wheelbarrow, with long handles made of dark wood.
The wheel is struggling as it carries its burden, but it manages the job that it should. The man pushing appears to be crying, his eyes all puffy and red. It’s time to move on, but I wait, I wait for him to reach me instead. The wheelbarrow has a dark green cover, such a sickly, metallic sweet smell underneath, such a heavy lump in my throat, “don’t lift the cover!” but regardless, I pull back it back to see.
The first thing to strike me, such a tiny hand, tiny fingers all bent into a fist, and an inch below there in my big gloved hand, the smallest most delicate wrist. Her face is held together by bright orange thread, her eyes are searching the stars. Her crown should still be there, on that beautiful head, where she lays, crumpled up inside her Dads cart. I put back the cover, swallow hard and just stand there, my head, Jesus Christ I can’t think, my pounding heart tearing itself apart inside my trained body, at this beautiful little angel in pink.
Her father, his eyes screaming toward me sobs gently, silent rage and yet deafening shock. Why can’t I bring myself to look into this man’s eyes, oh Lord, grant me some breath that I may talk. To say sorry, to ask why, to just speak in his tongue, to show him that I really care. I realise that I could never find words, I’ve no such tragedy to compare.
I walked away from the blue wheelbarrow, thinking that I could leave it behind. But every night as my daughter hugged me, that wheelbarrow crashed into my mind. Whenever she cried my stomach went tight, when she laughed those dark clouds disappeared, whenever she told me she loved me, I knew that I had nothing to fear, but yet so much. The wheelbarrow changed me forever, drank me to illness, and brought my whole life to the edge. I couldn’t switch off from that sweet smell, and I couldn’t explain that to friends.
I will never forget, such a small wrist in my hand, such beautiful soft lips kissing the sky. Such a pretty pink little dress, though stained red with blood, those clear and lifeless brown eyes. I wish that I had asked for her name, what to call that three year old victim of war, so small and so beautiful with those innocent eyes, my body aches that I can’t wish so any more.
If I could explain to people, about my demons, in one image to make them understand. I’d draw that blue wheelbarrow with the green cover on top, and that sweet delicate wrist in my hand. Two days after the wheelbarrow I became a Father and to my comfort, for the rest of my life I will know. No matter how often the wheelbarrow returns, I have my daughter, here for me to hold.
Long poem by
John Arribas | Details |
TRENCH CURSE 1918
JOHN M. ARRIBAS
PATRIOTIC SONGS GIVE US REASON TO CHEER
EXCEPT WHEN “ OVER THERE” BECOMES OVER HERE
MOUNTING CASUALTIES ARE EASY TO EXPLAIN
MEN ON FOOT CROSSING OPEN TERRAIN
SYNCHRONIZED WHISTLES SIGNAL THE ATTACK
RISE OUT OF THE TRENCHES DON’T LOOK BACK
CHARGE ACROSS NO MANS LAND SEARCH FOR THE FOE
STEP OVER THE WOUNDED AND LIFELESS LYING BELOW
LEAP INTO A TRENCH AS THE ENEMY RUNS
SHOUTING COMRADE, COMRADE, DROPPING THEIR GUNS
RUN ONE DOWN, HE FACES YOU, A TEENAGER AT BEST
YOU THRUST YOUR BAYONET INTO HIS CHEST
HE FALLS TO THE GROUND WITH A TERRIFIED SHOUT
YOU PULL YOUR BAYONET IT DOESN’T COME OUT
PUT YOUR FOOT ON HIS BODY TRY ONCE MORE
IT SEEMS HARDER TO PULL THAN IT WAS BEFORE
FIRE SEVERAL ROUNDS TO LOOSEN THE HOLD
DURING TRAINING THAT’S WHAT WE WERE TOLD
YOU CAUTIOUSLY EXPLORE EACH PADDED SIDING
TO FERRET OUT THE ENEMY WHERE HE MAY BE HIDING
WHISTLES NOW SOUND SIGNALING THE ALL CLEAR
NOW TO GET THE DEAD AND DYING OUT OF HERE
IF THE BODY IS OURS WE SELECT A SPOT
IF ITS THEIRS WE TOSS IT OVER THE TOP
A THREE HOUR TRUCE IS SIGNALED BY SPEAKERS OVERHEAD
TIME FOR EACH SIDE TO RECOVER THE WOUNDED AND DEAD
YOU’RE OUT OF THE FRENZY AND CALMED DOWN A BIT
YOU SEARCH FOR THE FRIENDS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN HIT
BUT WHAT YOU SEE IS THE MAN YOU RAN THROUGH
HE WAS JUST DOING WHAT HE WAS TRAINED TO DO
HIS TERRIFIED FACE IS ETCHED INTO YOUR SOUL
THAT FATAL LOOK IS ALREADY TAKING ITS TOLL
WHAT WAS HIS NAME AND WHERE WAS HE FROM
I’VE STOLEN THE LIFE FROM SOME MOTHERS SON
ITS BEEN FORTY YEARS SINCE THAT TRAGIC DAY
THAT YOUNG MAN IS STILL A TEENAGER TODAY
EVERY SO OFTEN HE RACES PAST MY EYES
CAUSING A TIC AND A HOPELESS SIGH
HE WAS AT MY WEDDING AT THE END OF THE AISLE
HE WAS STILL TERRIFIED LACKING A SMILE
AT FIRST I SAW HIM NEARLY EVERYWHERE
IN CROWDS AT BALL GAMES AT THE COUNTY FAIR
HE WAS IN THE AUDIENCE AT MY SONS GRADUATION
BUT WHAT CAUSES MY GREATEST TREPIDATION
IS HIS PRESENCE IN NEARLY ALL OF MY DREAMS
THAT DAY IN THE TRENCH IS ALWAYS THE SCENE
I’LL NEVER GET OVER IT THAT’S FOR SURE
CAUSE WHEN YOU FEEL GUILTY THERE IS NO CURE
I WAS JUST DOING MY DUTY AS I WAS TRAINED
BUT THAT DOESN’T STOP THE MEMORY AND PAIN
FROM REOCCURRING AS EPIC MOMENTS CAN
LIKE TAKING THE LIFE OF ANOTHER MAN
MY HOPE WAS TIME WOULD MAKE IT FADE AWAY
THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN I’LL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THAT DAY
WHEN I CROSS OVER THE INFINITE SEA
I HOPE HE’LL BE THERE TO PARDON ME
Long poem by
Stephen Washam | Details | . You can read it on PoetrySoup.com' st_url='http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/the_soldiers_way_199430' st_title='The Soldier's Way'>
When my son was small he and his friends loved to play marines
A brown eyed soldier dressed up in his helmet and his jeans
I asked him why he always died whenever they would play
He just said “I saved my friends, ‘cause that’s the soldier’s way”
As he grew up his Mom and I always wondered what he’d be
When he reached high school he enrolled in their ROTC
Once he had finished high school he enlisted without delay
I should have known it all along, ‘cause that’s the soldier’s way
When he had finished training and became a full marine
I was the proudest father that anyone had ever seen
A brown eyed soldier in full dress not a thread in disarray
Stood proudly there before me, ‘cause that’s the soldier’s way
He eventually got married to a beautiful young wife
And I asked if she was ready for a military life
She just smiled and hugged me tight as she fondly did convey
That nothing could make her prouder, ‘cause that’s the soldier’s way
One day he told us he must leave for a war had broken out
He wasn’t sure what started it or what it was about
His mother asked if there was any way that he could stay
He told her “Mom, it’s my duty”, ‘cause that’s the soldier’s way
She said “Son, it’s very dangerous, you could be killed you know”
He said “Mom, if we all stayed home there’d be no one left to go”
“Dad,” he said “If this war is right it’s not for me to say”
But I have to follow orders, ‘cause that’s the soldier’s way
Just recently his wife received a visit and a letter
Our son had died in combat and that there was not a better
Leader in all their company, and that on that fateful day
He’d bravely saved all of his friends, ‘cause that’s the soldier’s way
He left behind a sweet young wife and beautiful little son
We all are very proud of him and everything he’s done
My son did his duty and he is coming home today
In a flag draped wooden coffin, ‘cause that’s the soldier’s way
Some have asked if I’m angry that my only son had to die
I simply smile and shake my head and here is my reply
My friend take a look at all you have around you here this day
You have all of these lovely things, ‘cause that’s the soldier’s way
My grandson looks just like his Dad in his helmet and his jeans
As he plays out with his buddies, pretending they’re marines
And when he falls and pretends to die, then I know right away
That he has just saved all his friends, ‘cause that’s the soldier’s way
For William J. Holder
In memory of Jon R. "Sonny" Holder
Died during the Vietnam conflict
Long poem by
ROGER SATNARINE | Details |
Rounds hit a fellow soldier and we watch him fall
To try and save him was truly a tough call
It was my duty I had to try
Even if it meant being the next one to die
I was safe in my cover but would soon be exposed
The enemy was advancing and we would all be enclosed
How bad is it The stuff just hit the fan
Hang in there the Medics are coming man
I'm getting cold You’re going to make it A lie of hope that had to be told
Please please Oh God please hold on Slyfox
He spits up blood saying Promise me I won’t go home in a frigging metal box
He reached up and grabbed my hand
In that moment I came to understand
He was grateful I put my life on the line so he would not die alone
These were the final words I heard him desperately groan
Tell them I'm not gone I will always be around
He then took his last breath nothing in life quite prepared me for that sound
With bullets all around and bombs still exploding
All I could hear and feel was my own heart and soul imploding
I wanted some payback but had to leave
Slyfox gave his life a Code of Honor I could not deceive
My Commander allowed it There is an exception to every rule
To stop your promise would make me look like a fool
With that said we were on the next flight out
All the way home I wanted to shout Wake up this is just a really bad dream
But seeing his body was my reality And all I could do was scream
Slyfox was hit running after to save a child
Who came out of nowhere in the jungles wild
We land and the C130 taxis to a halt
Dry those damned tears it was not your fault
When your time is up there is no escaping it your time is up
I snap to attention and gave a somber salute
Yes sir I then felt like I jumped without my parachute
It took every ounce of strength I never knew I had
To not break down as we carried his body across the landing pad
In the hangar I could see his waiting casket
Again to stop losing it I had to feel like I was just putting something in a basket
My Commander was hurting and so was I
In the hell and fog of war a soldier is taught to never question why
Leave me alone go get cleaned up and changed
As I exited the hangar I heard the wails of a man deranged
The frigging nerve of him telling me to suck it up
And he is in there crying like a baby pup
This is all I allowed myself to selfishly think about
It was my own defenses to also stop from crying out
I arrive at the dorm strip and get in the shower
Turn on the ice cold water and whisper to myself
THE HORROR THE HORROR
Long poem by
Robert Ball | Details |
Let me tell you a true story.
Hopefully to show God’s power and His glory.
Two army buddies, friends that went A.W.O.L.
Absent without leave a military crime, a foul.
Two young men scared in Saigon, not more than eighteen.
Came over together from Oakland meeting, both young and green.
Naïve they were and pretty scared too.
Made a deal on the plane, “You cover me, I’ll cover you.”
Madness, chaos, helicopters flying around in the air.
Daytime, night time, the rumbling and thumps where constantly there.
The outside perimeter, with Saigon close by they kept vigil, they protected.
Turns out the two soldiers, disillusioned with the killings became dejected.
So tired of the killings, bombings they met a bar owner and stayed with him.
Each night you had to be in at 7:00 the curfew set in.
MP’s Vietnamese and Americans patrolled the streets for movement, watching within.
So the bar locked up good and tight you were their for night, till the dawns light set in.
Two soldiers In a Hotel-Bar- Brothel, and a vicious civil war.
Knowing when returning to base they would have some emotional scars.
One night late two weeks from camp the soldiers awoke to a flash shattered glass a rocket had hit the hutch next door.
Two soldiers hearing the cries and screams of woman and children, the innocents the poor.
Screams, cries desperate and whimpering could be heard inside the hut.
Let’s face it they were in the worse way bleeding and cut.
The five trapped had a soldier that didn’t care if he was AWOL; all he cared about was getting them out of the fire.
The soldier went in an out three times and he didn’t tire.
Looking back at the incident the other soldier aided the burnt and suffering as help arrived.
Without them these people never had a chance, they were caught off base, yes. But they were blessed and these people survived.
They for sure have the love and appreciation of the people they saved that day.
So in that moment that time they didn’t care of the race of these people they were humans and it didn’t matter to the two soldiers no way.
What happened to them? They were given a court martial an undesirable discharge, sent home.
What would you have done if you were the one?
Not even twenty finished with the war, the greatest lesson here is if they weren’t at that hotel, they wouldn’t have ever discovered that all are human.
In the midst of all the chaos, killing, mayhem, gave these two soldiers the love knowing that innocents needed help and they did for their fellow man
Long poem by
louis rams | Details |
this was sent to me and i feel it should be shared.
The Old Soldier
He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.
And 'tho sometimes to his neighbours
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' jimmy has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.
He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.
While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
It is not the politicians/news reporter
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?
Or would you want a Soldier--
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honour
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."
Long poem by
Gerry Dawson | Details |
From England's dark blackout
We came to these shores
I and my siblings
In refuge from war.
How enchanted we were
With all we saw.
First Sydney's fine harbour
And her bridge of one span
Then the azure blue sea
The long beaches of sand
The beautiful city lit up at night
To our youthful eyes a wondrous sight.
The Aussie soldier in his famous slouch hat
The long train journey to the far outback
The Cockies screech the Kookaburra's cackle
New sights and sounds for my brain to tackle.
The grazing sheep the fields of wheat
The fun of the master the blistering heat
The long hot summers with respite at the sea
Where we swam and surfed in unspoilt glee.
School days were spent in city or mountain retreat
Strict was the discipline our uniforms neat.
Happy the friendships spacious the grounds
Nuns telling rosary beads flitting around.
With firmness and patience they taught us well
Recreation was announced by the tolling bell.
Oh the joy when the holidays came
What fun we had on the old school train.
It trundled along past wilga and gum
Past meandering creeks and billabongs
Past Emus grazing and Roos hopping along
Through wide open spaces rich in bird song.
At the graceful homestead with veranda surround
Stood the welcoming grandmother so recently found.
With parents far off she gave care and love
How proud we were of her pioneer blood.
She cooked and scrubbed and chopped the wood
She could do everything she really could.
But tragedy stuck
With her soldier son killed.
She grieved and withered and lost her will.
No longer in her life
Would he take part
Months later she died of a broken heart.
There came a time when with many tears
I bade farewell to this life so dear.
I had no choice I had to go.
The years passed on
I missed it all so.
This time when I came
I touched down by plane.
New visions flood my startled brain
Australia I find is absorbed in change
it makes me feel so very strange.
The laid back Aussie with his old world charm
A computer wiz now and amazingly calm.
The coastline is cluttered highrises abound
The noise of the traffic an ugly sound.
But the song of the Bellbird is still a wonder
It soothes my senses as I ponder.
For no land on earth has so much to offer.
So I’ll settle here I will not hover.
Perhaps the maternal ancestors smile from above.
For at last I'm here In the land they loved.
And I'll spend the twilight of my years
In this country I've always held so dear.