Centenary Reason

The whistles blew,

the great charge began,

and men called out,

for mothers and for country,

and tears wet their faces,

and eyes closed shut,

sometimes on purpose,

sometimes in death,

and they ran and weaved,

and the bombs dropped close,

and bullets whizzed past,

but they pushed on,

towards unknown glory,

many shrugged the violence,

others ignored the blood,

a life once lived,

purpose fulfilled,

the ground decayed and distorted,

the world interrupted,

woolen and lifeless,

helmets no good,

a brother’s note found,

on a field in July,

100 years past.


Dedicated to the men who fought and died in the Battle of the Somme, 100 years ago today.


~ by Shawn M. Young on July 1, 2016.

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