Colin Ian Jeffery

Rookie - 341 Points (20th May 1942 / Caterham)

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
Shot in no man's land
Left hanging on the wire.

Go tell the sergeant major
The brigade's no more
Machine-gunned in the open
Feet dragging in the mud.

Go tell the sergeant major
Parading raw recruits in England
Fresh fodder for the killing grounds
They need coffins when they come.

Submitted: Friday, July 20, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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Topic of this poem: Warfare


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