Colin Ian Jeffery

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

PIPER OF THE TRENCHES Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery


Up and out of the trench he goes
The regiment's piper with only his bagpipes
Standing exposed he plays
Walking along the top of the trench.

Soldiers hear the swirl of the pipes
See their piper facing enemy fire alone
Rise up and swarm from the trench
Following the piper over no-man's land.

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

Submitted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Topic of this poem: WAR


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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.

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