Colin Ian Jeffery
Piper Of The Trenches - Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery
The bloodcurdling swirl of bagpipes boosted the morale for men of the Scottish regiments, and intimidated the enemy during World War One. Unarmed, drawing attention to himself the piper would lead the men ‘over the top' of the trenches and into battle. Over 1000 pipers died.
Up and out from the trench he goes
Regiment's piper alone with his pipes
Standing exposed he plays
Walking along the top of the trench.
Soldiers hearing the swirl of the bagpipes
See the piper facing enemy fire alone
Rise up and swarm from the trench
Following him over no-man's land.
Over shell craters and through barbwire
With German machine guns raking the lines
They go, and still hearing the swirl of the pipes
Many fall in valour never to rise again.
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