Martin Swords

Rookie (9th December Nineteen Fifty / Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland)

Tableau For Armistice Day - Poem by Martin Swords

Posted on Nov.11th 2008 Armistice Day

In Memory of all the Irish Soldiers who were
killed or injured in The World War 1914 - 1918
including family members

' All The Boys'





Polished pride of place
The massive table, heart
Of the home, the only decent
Thing we ever bought.
Solid as a six year marriage
Set with a cloth at the sunny end
For tea. For two.
The rest littered with work,
A warm scarf half
Knitted, a stocking with a ladder.
Letters from the Front.
My pen, my paper,
“Dearest Harry….”
Nothing more.
A sodden handkerchief
My beads. Our picture.
And staring starkly back at me
A passion from Passchendaele
“…………….in action……..”

How can I fill this table,
Alone




Martin Swords
Jan 2006


Comments about Tableau For Armistice Day by Martin Swords

  • Rookie - 26 Points Joseph Poewhit (11/11/2008 9:15:00 AM)

    I'm half Irish - here in New York City the 69th is well remembered (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie C T Heart (11/11/2008 8:25:00 AM)

    amazing tribute to all Irish soldiers...penned great. a 10. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 11, 2008


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