Treasure Island

Buxton Shippy

(7-27-55 / Montego Bay, Jamaica)

Before Twilight Dawns


He lays in repose
With a Purple Heart
Fought gallantly
Without a purpose
Without a cause
Expires before twilight dawns

He did not witness the parade
The banners and confetti
Honor below grade
Without glory

Submitted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Edited: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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  • Eric Cockrell (8/20/2011 12:58:00 PM)

    yes... the sad and bitter truth of war conveyed well... it looks like we'd learn that if we have to fight, let it be for human rights, and dignity! (Report) Reply

  • Prince Obed de la Cruz (6/22/2011 8:47:00 PM)

    some warriors do seem to be like this... i pray that honor will never be forgotten and that people will always have to fight for something... not without purpose... not without a cause...

    anyway, i like the way you directed the words.. for this, i rated it 9 (Report) Reply

  • Bancroft Boreland (6/10/2011 10:28:00 AM)

    i feel a degree of sadness for d person of whom this poem speaks.in line 2, why do u say, with a purple heart? (Report) Reply

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