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We would sleep oft as light as a flagging breeze, eyes dry and smarting; with minds ill at ease..'

Our lives then the currency to pay your dues, who would return from our sorties? we had not a clue.'

We fought off the nausea, as well as the foe, we'd tied wires to ailerons if it meant we could go..'

Our aim was sure, our desire's to win.' Our hearts burned for freedom; midst the dogfighting & spin,

We honoured this country, child maid and man, from the bankers, to the bakers; lords or labouring men.

Our thoughts oft assailed, by the task on our hands; our limbs felt fatigue, yet we held to the plan..'

We came back from our 'bailouts', to a pittance of pay; then returned to the sky by the night & the day.

Our flights held this country, kept its hope; earned its trust, we hold no regrets for blood spilled in the dust

We know that our sacrifice, will be not effaced; keep the faith we've delivered, here in our covenant place.'

©Joe Maverick 7/2/2015


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  1. Date: 2/23/2015 7:00:00 AM

    powerful piece of writing joe well said
  1. Date: 2/22/2015 6:04:00 AM

    I'm so honored and glad to read from you again my dear friend, Joe. This is an excellent tribute poem for horable men. I love it so much and the ending is great: We know that our sacrifice will not effaced; keep the faith... here in our covenant place. Thank you so much for sharing! Have a blessed day! love lots and big hugs, leonora
  1. Date: 2/22/2015 1:17:00 AM

    Hi Joe, I am new here in PoetrySoup. I liked this poem so much.. Faith is a very strong word.. I really liked how you expressed that. Best ! Anindita
  1. Date: 2/21/2015 8:24:00 PM

    Were you in the service? I think you are telling a nice patriotic tale here Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 2/16/2015 2:09:00 AM

    I love the title for this. they truly are peerless. this a great tribute to great men.
  1. Date: 2/14/2015 4:21:00 PM

    I wonder of the machinations of The City Bank, when you eloquently poetisize the struggle of the populace for freedom Joe. The moment we choose to have representatives is the moment we forfeit our sovereignty. Leadership very different from permiting representative government. "We hold no regrets for blood spilled in the dust..." powerful metaphor. This poem also brings to mind the ancient migrations into England Joe...J.A.B.
  1. Date: 2/11/2015 1:32:00 PM

    This almost sounds like the first world war and its flying aces - no parachutes, just guts. Enjoyed, dear friend. Love, daver
  1. Date: 2/10/2015 6:48:00 PM

    You are a very good story teller, I enjoyed your Tale!
  1. Date: 2/10/2015 6:11:00 PM

    It is so sad how governments overlook people who have done so much for their countries. it happens in the US too. A tragedy. Glad you blogged of this so I could see it.
  1. Date: 2/10/2015 2:35:00 PM

    Very expressive and descriptive work..I enjoyed reading it today..I can see those airplanes up high and fighting..Thanks for the visit to my page..I appreciate your visit..I am sure that my suggested names(of forms) will not effect what name Andrea gives her new poetic form..Sara