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Grandads leather belt

My Grandad wore his leather belt with pride 
Lions head buckle he polished till it shone
Always said I could have it when he died
His death came and then I felt so alone .

During the d.day landings on sword beach
Fellow soldier hit in German air raid
A place of safety he just could not reach 
But grandad saw him and went to his aid.

After the war he sent Grandad a box
Inside was a belt and note which read
A lions courage and strength of an ox
If you hadn't helped me I'd have been dead.

I look at his belt and courage I see
Feeling honoured that he left it to me.


Written 25th September 2018.



The above verse is a fictional write.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 10/14/2018 4:53:00 AM
Well penned poem and so realistic. It makes we think of my own Dad when he was in World War II and how he was wounded on the front lines and received the purple heart. If it had not been for the steal binder on the Bible in his pocket which the bullet hit first and was misdirected from his heart into his arm. I would have never been born. Thankful to the Lord for that Bible.
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 10/14/2018 12:28:00 PM
Thank you very much C.P, glad you liked it. Yours is a truly amazing story and you should compose a verse about it. God was certainly looking down on your dad that day, thankfully. Tom.
Date: 9/27/2018 8:02:00 PM
Tom, you've brought yet another smile to my face. Every time I read one of your poignant historical writes, I think to myself how utterly real it feels---only to read "fictional write" at the bottom of the poem. You are really a master at pulling these off--or at least at pulling this reader's legs (off). Best wishes, Gershon
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Date: 9/27/2018 8:21:00 PM
Thanks Gershon, My imagination runs riot now and again, I just follow. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 7:25:00 PM
Hello Tom … courage shown in times of war always hold a special meaning and a lifetime of respect - thanks Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 9/26/2018 11:07:00 PM
Thanks Lindsay, often hear of great acts of kindness and bravery in war dispite the horror it creates. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 7:07:00 AM
"A lions courage and strength of an ox" - WOW! This poem is something else, and your grandpa must have been wonderful!
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Date: 9/26/2018 7:51:00 AM
Thanks Caren, happy you enjoyed it Tom
Date: 9/25/2018 7:25:00 PM
I like this one Tom. Reminds me of my father who has passed. He was in WWII and landed in the invasion of Anzio Italy. My 19 year old uncle was killed in that landing. When I read this one I felt about your granddad the same way I felt about my dad. Good job.
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Date: 9/25/2018 8:25:00 PM
Thank you Timothy, for many it was stepping into the great unknown and tragically many lives were lost. Tom
Date: 9/25/2018 5:45:00 PM
tom,i like how you treated the theme...languid, wonderful poem!..huggs
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 9/25/2018 8:23:00 PM
Thank you Nette, happy you liked it. Tom
Date: 9/25/2018 1:32:00 PM
Might be fictional, but a great narrative... Sonnet flows very well..
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Date: 9/25/2018 1:44:00 PM
Thank you very much S.O. Before I joined soup I thought sonnet's were what Shakespeare wrote and no one else,how wrong was I, still learning something new all the time on here. Tom
Date: 9/25/2018 1:30:00 PM
Granddad's belt has well inspired you, Tom. I truly enjoyed this narrative, even though it's fictional. Regards // paul
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Date: 9/25/2018 1:41:00 PM
Thank you Paul, I know from reading that a lot of heroic acts are carried out by individuals putting aside concerns for their own safety. Tom
Date: 9/25/2018 12:34:00 PM
Superb tribute to an imaginary grandad but the writing is fantastic! Are you still close to the shore dear , Tom? It seems your muse is very active!
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Date: 9/25/2018 1:19:00 PM
Thank you Demetrios, the sunshine has brought out the best in her.I'm in the sth west about ten minute drive to the coast (an hour from Bodrum) Tom
Date: 9/25/2018 7:21:00 AM
Your story feels so real Tom..kudos for your imagination.
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Date: 9/25/2018 8:38:00 AM
Thank you Vijay, after I saw some comments I thought I'd better put that it was a fictional write. Tom
Date: 9/24/2018 10:56:00 PM
Enjoyed reading the story behind your Grandpa’s belt, Tom. I’m sure it’s something you’ll always treasure.
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Date: 9/25/2018 12:25:00 AM
Thank you Carol, glad you liked it. It's a fictional write though. Tom
Date: 9/24/2018 10:04:00 PM
Beautiful tribute, Tom.
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 9/25/2018 12:23:00 AM
Thank.you Line, happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 9/24/2018 9:29:00 PM
what a beautiful story! that is a precious belt indeed!! :)
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taai tekai
Date: 9/25/2018 1:11:00 AM
lol! it was good though!! so if your rubbish is good ,then the rest just has to be very good and superb :)
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 9/24/2018 9:37:00 PM
Thank you Taai, had to try and bury the contra one in case folk thought that was me at my best lol.