poet David Barlow

David Barlow

Elegy To My Hero

Regimental Sergeant Major James Corrigan MC,
A regular Soldier in World War One,
Was Mortally wounded whilst saving another.
He got an appointment to see the King,
And the Millitary Cross for his Bravery.
My Grandpa died of his wounds.

This upright Man who I never knew,
Was my Hero as I grew up.
I heard the tales, handed down,
Of deeds of daring do
And saw his imposing figure,
In pictures all faded and torn.

I've read of the Somme and Passchendaele too
And its hard to think of him there.
Its beyond imagination to know,
The carnage and hardship he saw.
A Family man with four young Children,
And the Grandpa I never knew.

Poem Submitted: Monday, November 12, 2007
Poem Edited: Sunday, April 24, 2011

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  • Daffodil Decarie (11/17/2007 4:32:00 AM)

    I have great respect for grandpas... whose experiences helped in protecting the well-being of truth. ;) I love my late grandpa.... Certainly, this poem brings about an admirable deed. Thanks for sharing

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjrFrank James Ryan Jr...fjr (11/16/2007 12:46:00 AM)

    Good stuff, David...My Grandfather faught in the Battle of Argone Forest...He wasn't a writer, but was one hell of a storyteller...and like your grandad....a man to look up to & be proud of....as your eloquent work pours opulently of.I'm glad i was visiting tonight, & got the chance to catch this post.Happy Holiday's if i don't catch up with you before.

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