I thought about the war today

by | Feb 20, 2009 | Poetry | 0 comments

I thought about the war today
And tears came to my eyes,
So many lives were sacrificed
To gain the peace that we all prize

The memory of Dunkirk
Comes clearly back to me,
Line after line of men
Wading out into the sea

Bombs exploding round them,
Thick black smoke and oil,
The bodies floating in the sea
Had thrown off their mortal coil.

I thought of all the little boats
As they went chugging out to sea,
Bringing hope to all those men
Who fought to keep us free.

El Alamein, Normandy,
The Battle of the Somme
Gallipoli, Singapore,
The list goes on and on.

I thought of the unknown soldier
Who was buried where he fell,
Lying, peacefully sleeping
Far from the living hell.

I wondered how his mother felt
Not knowing where he lay,
And to her, and him, we give our thanks
On this Remembrance Day.

So many live, so many tears
Memories of loved ones down the years.
Let’s just take a moment to remember them all,
And never forget, how they answered the call.


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