Colin Ian Jeffery

Veteran Poet - 1,746 Points (Redhill Hospital)

Go Tell The Sergeant Major - Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery

(Soldier's lament, France, World War One)

Go tell the sergeant major
Private Jones is dead
Lying in the mud with all his mates
Shot down in no man's land
And hanging on the wire.

Go tell the sergeant major
The brigade's all gone and dead
Machine-gunned walking in no-man's-land
Ordered by the General not to run.

Go tell the sergeant major
Safe back home in England
Parading raw recruits
Fresh fodder for the killing grounds
They will each need a coffin when they come.

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Topic(s) of this poem: battle, soldiers, warfare

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 20, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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