Colin Ian Jeffery

Veteran Poet - 1,746 Points (Redhill Hospital)

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 of 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 bagpipes
See the piper facing enemy fire alone
Swarm out of the trench
Following him into no-man's land.

Over shell craters and through barbwire
German machine guns raking their lines
They go, still listening to the swirl of the pipes
Many falling never to rise again.

Topic(s) of this poem: soldiers, war


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  • (8/4/2014 5:47:00 AM)


    Very good and appropriate for the 100th anniversary of the Great War (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 21, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, October 21, 2016


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