Colin Ian Jeffery

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Battle Of Britain - Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery

"Never before in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
Winston Churchill 1940

Siren scrambles the spitfire squadron
Young pilots mostly in their teens
Run to clamber into cockpits
Engines roar, planes race down the runway
Rising skyward in battle formation.

Fear grips and some pilots want to vomit
Flying upwards seeking advantage of height
Above slow droning German bombers
Targeting England's cities and ports
Guarded by darting M109 Messerschmitt fighters.

"Here we go, " radios an Aussie squadron leader
"Let's give the blighters hell."
And out of the sun with cannons roaring
Spitfires attack like deadly hawks
Twisting and turning as savage dogfight ensues.

Sergeant-pilot Peter Duncan trapped
Tries frantically to free his jammed cockpit cover
But flames engulf him melting hands and face
Spitfire spirals to the ground
Exploding fireball ending his suffering.

Topic(s) of this poem: bravery, warfare , world war ii

Comments about Battle Of Britain by Colin Ian Jeffery

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (10/20/2015 3:39:00 AM)

    Thanks for this entry. It seems it is coming from someone, who himself has witnessed war. Thanks for sharing a life experience of the tragedy in man-made wars. (Report) Reply

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  • Dimitri Jagodinski (5/11/2015 5:00:00 PM)

    Well written poem Adventurous with spirit. Tragic time in History but with many great stories to read. (Report) Reply

  • Josey Alfred (2/19/2015 2:55:00 AM)

    Airmen are the rare few who fight against many, for peace. Good poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2008 1:25:00 PM)

    wao! I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/12/2008 6:52:00 PM)

    This is really beautiful. I love poems about wars :) Especially from foreign countries.
    have a lovely Christmas! !
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  • (12/9/2008 8:12:00 PM)

    i like your poems alot keep on writing brother (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2008 4:46:00 PM)

    For a fictitious poem it has much of true. Poet you are really a great writer. Congratulations! I'll be very grateful if you read and comment my poem Mistery. (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2008 10:16:00 AM)

    It sounds to me like you are a creative writer....

    Good luck
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  • Amelia E White (10/16/2008 7:33:00 PM)

    Wow! It's like a motion picture. Well done! (Report) Reply

  • (10/15/2008 2:27:00 PM)

    wow it is a really interesting piece. i like it alot (Report) Reply

  • (10/10/2008 3:33:00 AM)

    Great Job, you gave me the shivers though, My daughter is a soldier (Report) Reply

  • (10/6/2008 9:54:00 AM)

    Such a true quote...excellent write filled with intensity and a very true taste of one of the wars pivotal battles. Great write, loved the pace and feel 10/10 (Report) Reply

  • (10/3/2008 11:44:00 AM)

    Of all the history I've absorbed that's the truest of it all. Well done! (Report) Reply

  • (10/3/2008 11:33:00 AM)

    My friend, it is I that must tip my hat to you. I actually felt I was right there in the thick of it all. Well Done! (Report) Reply

  • (9/27/2008 3:36:00 AM)

    The poem reminded me of William Wordsworth.

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  • Ben Littlechild (9/17/2008 3:08:00 PM)

    a great piece of work, really tells the story of those dark hours and the brave men that stood for us against the onslaught. (Report) Reply

  • (9/15/2008 7:26:00 AM)

    beautiful in an abstract way that the darkness of the context can be seen to be visually and emotionally appealing. well done. (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (8/31/2008 6:46:00 AM)

    Very well written......has enough spark and strength of words and expressions to describe such gore. (Report) Reply

  • (8/31/2008 1:51:00 AM)

    Well done. I love a poem that does not rhyme and still has beauty because of how it is constructed and this poem does that. Also as a combat Vet myself I appreciate the subject. (Report) Reply

  • Khalid Rawat (8/22/2008 12:10:00 AM)

    The poem gives the savour of some of homeric scenes, painted by the great Homer in his Illiad. I congratulate you for your clarity and depiction of the scene. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 8, 2017

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