Roy Ernest Ballard

A Letter From My Father - Poem by Roy Ernest Ballard

'Egyptian Expeditionary Force'
dated 30 May 1919
in father's curly writing and green ink
'Lo they are quiet once again I think,
most of them realise that they knock their heads
against a wall of stone'. Whose heads were these?
What walls of stone? Whatever ailed your pen
to say so little of so much and then
so much of such a little 'It would be
not long before Will Summers is quite well;
young Fred should soon be home and Edie writes'.
But eight months since the Turkish Empire fell;
its army fled you for safe Syria;
they murdered as they went. Along the way
they found not safety but a bloody death
beneath the hooves of Auda Abu Tayi.
Still round the camp fire tales of Auda ring
of Will and Fred and Edie who can sing?

Topic(s) of this poem: father and son, history, letter, war

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  • Abhilasha Bhatt (1/12/2016 11:58:00 AM)

    Sad and full of just emotions....Beautifully written poem....thank you for sharing :) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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