Colin Ian Jeffery

Veteran Poet - 1,117 Points (20th May 1942 / Caterham)

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
And walks along the top of the trench.

Soldiers hearing the swirl of the bagpipes
Seeing their piper facing enemy fire alone
Rise up and swarm out of the trench
Following him over no-man’s land.

Over shell craters and through barbwire
With German machine guns raking their lines
They go, and still hearing the swirl of the pipes
Many fall in valour never to rise again.

Topic(s) of this poem: war


Poet's Notes about The Poem

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.

Comments about Piper Of The Trenches by Colin Ian Jeffery

  • Paul Dunn (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: Tuesday, November 3, 2015


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