Poems of War

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Beneath black skies and scattered stars
The trenches weave like unhealed scars
The land betwixt shell ploughed and sown
With broken bodies of men unknown
Their souls held fast by cloying clay
Or wire’s barbed and coiled array
Wraiths watching us poor sods that live
With only our wretched lives to give
As we march forward to fight and die
The ghosts of the already dead sigh
Will I live to see my home anon
Has my future briefly dreamt, gone

Comrades in death

We differ not, from the wrecked limbers
broken bodies or splintered copse timbers
That lie strewn over no man’s land
We differ not, we who can still stand
To shake a limb at a shrieking shell
Or crouch in terror in this unholy Hell
We differ not, as we curse the fates
That brought us to where death awaits
He seeks us out. The machine gun’s scythe,
Snipers bullet or shrapnel. We fall and writhe
In trench, shell hole or hung on barbed wire
For God, King and country we die under fire.

Remember me

Ask not what happened or how did I die
It matters not where on this battlefield I lie
My soul will make the long march home
Along tree lined roads, across fields loam
And walk our path through blossom scent
To clutch you to me in sorrowful lament
And wipe the warm tears from your face
For you held me close in this heartless place
When in trembling terror I wept with fear
As horrors seen peeled back sanity’s veneer
Hold in your memory the man you wed
Not the soldier in a war where virtue fled

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I am working on a epistolary writing project and needed poems that the main character , a WW1 soldier, would have written. I composed these poems which I hope capture the tone and style of the time.

9 thoughts on “Poems of War

    1. I’m afraid to admit that I’ve never heard of him as I’m not hugely interested in poetry. But, I have now. What a fascinating man! Following your recommendation I’ve been reading his stuff on line. Makes my poetry more Vidal Sassoon than Siegfried! Might go back to the drawingboard.

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    1. Thank you Francina. I’m not hugely confident with poetry so your comment is appreciated and encouraging! I had no interest in poetry until I joined a writing group run by James Morgan Nash. Poets Glenda Brown and Christine Moran were members at the time. I think you know Chris? Best regards Sandy

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      1. You’re welcome Sandy. Yes, I do know Chris, I met her through her poetry blog. She told me that she joined the writing group. I love her poetry. As for yourself , keep at writing poetry as well for you write very well. Hope to read more poetry from you. Best regards Francina

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  1. These are terrific Sandy. You really have achieved your objective, capturing the ‘tone and style of the time,’ beautifully. If this were a book of poems I would certainly buy. xxx

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    1. Thank you Raizes. I’m glad you like these pieces. I am writing a novel set in the Great War and needed poems written in the style of the time. I’m not hugely experienced in writing poetry, so I am pleased to receive comments like yours!

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