Photography · Poetry

The Ghosts of Battles Past #poetry #Veteran’sDay #tribute #photography #ghosts

“Forward men”

we heard the call

the plodding sound

a thousand boots

to bloodied ground fall

***

“March on”

boys cadenced

in a an old tin song

others called out

“how far how long?”

***

The days and nights

we felt their need

had barely food

no time

 urged upon speed

***

we hide away

while they must fight

sabers flash

 blue and grey

the colors clash

***

I hear your voice

through early day

sweet farewell plea

“mama I’m coming”

life dearly paid

***

They march on

those soldiers do

reverie’s ghosts

tho for these

the battle’s through

This poem is in Tribute on this Veteran’s Day to the boys who fought in the many wars including the war between the states. We see their ghosts in the battle field mist – still…

Photograph: “Battle Cry” L. Moon copyright 2012

Our World · Poetry

What They Gave To Save The World #Normandy #D-Day #WW2

They didn’t know it

at the time

so much of life

left behind

***

a sweetheart’s

lips never kissed

unsaid words

“you will be missed”

***

when duty called

 that cold bleak day

without a thought

life given away

***

Can you hear

the battle shake

souls and hearts

 earth that quakes?

***

And yet fear

bravely set aside

as many fell

nothing left to find

***

Our lives

have been profoundly touched

by those

whose sacrifice gave so much

***

field enshrouds a memory

of lives unfurled

 hearts marched on

 to save the world

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I repost this archived poem in tribute to those who fought on that day.

I have read several harrowing stories about this day. A risk, a turning point, such sacrifice.

Thanks for the wonderful shot of Normandy http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenwichphotography/4855061062