November 22, 2004

world war 1, Ypres Belgium

The pain around them echoed
The screams of agony resounded in their ears.
The cold shivering breeze carried the groans
The quiet helpless suffering of their friends.

They say "Friends are good in times of battle"
But to watch one writh with tears in their eyes
Knowing you must only watch
With silent anguish and pretend you did not see
Must be a torture far worse than any other know to man.

The terror portrayed in their memories will last.
As will the underlying feeling
That they suffered unnecessarily
The sacrifices they made
The untolerable conditions they tolerated
The uncontrollable fear, they controlled.
And the unimaginable courage they all had in their hearts
Will always be remembered.


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  1. Wow! That is powerful, it reminds me so much of Birdsong by Sebastien Faulkes, have you read it?

    22 Nov 2004, 19:01

  2. no i havent. i went to belgium last summer and it was so unbelievable. glad you like my poem though.

    22 Nov 2004, 19:51

  3. Have you ever been to the Dachau concentration camp? I went in year 10 and I think it has made an impression on me that will last a life time. If you ever do get to read Birdsong I would advise it. It's a love story, a war story AND a search for the truth story. That's rather a rushed review, but I love the book and I think you would too.

    Theres actually a sense of this book in your poem. The screams, you can hear them can't you?

    22 Nov 2004, 20:20

  4. il read it over the holidays and get back to you on it. cant believe itis you!!! so crazy. speak soon babe.

    23 Nov 2004, 17:46


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