Trapped within damaged brain
Body twisted, limbs trembling
Sitting in hospital yard
During the battle of the Somme, France,1916, the British sustained 60,000 casualties on the first day. Torrential rains turned the battlefield into a quagmire. In one month the Allies advanced five miles at the cost of 450,000 German.200,000 French and 420,000 British lives. I lost two uncles
Blood red poppies sway
Do not weep me
Grieving over my fall from grace
For he forgave me
And I outpaced the echoes
He lies near to death
Dying in the dust
Broken and forgot.
I would die a poet
Pilgrim from a burnished land
Remembered for humour, compassion and love
Claimed by many as a friend.
What greater grief
Anguish and despair
Than loss of precious children?
Happiness is elusive like the wind
Coming and going like migrating birds
And sound of echoing peals of church bells.
How I long to see your face
Which brings such exhilaration
Enrapturing my heart
Alone, I walk fields and woods we loved
Seeing you with every step I take
Hearing your gentle laughter
Smelling you sweet as a flower
Within dark caverns of the mind
Fearsome creatures abide
Demons tempting with praise and bribes
Offering false hope from Hell's fires.