Paul Warren

Gold Star - 68,283 Points (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA)

Love - Together Again In Love - Poem by Paul Warren

As When the Great War started he was in line
To be a six bob a day tourist he was inclined
So he joined up and went home to his love
And when she heard it she prayed to God above

His first stop was to Morphettville Racecourse for training done
With other young men it was adventure and fun
The next stop was to Albany whilst the convoy gathered
Then to Egypt for further training for the war that mattered

He was at Anzac Cove on that terrible April day
And he managed to survived whilst others were taken away
Until finally they retreated from that Fatal Shore
Leaving mates there forever in death's grasp evermore

They went back to Egypt to expand the Corps
Then onto France to the Western Front war
He survived this industrial slaughter
With many falling through the years lost to history's mortar

But his luck did not hold near the end of the war
He was killed in the Advance to Victory in the final score
And he was laid in the Tyne Cot Military Cemetery made
Joining the Glorious Dead so their memory did not fade

She was living with her parents during these broken years
And received a visit from the pastor in the death message tears
So she struggled on and never re-married saying to her family
That she knew and loved the best in her soldier's homily

A long life was hers always tinged with great sorrow
And after fifty years she died no regrets for the morrow
But she had one more task to complete on this earth
And so she would travel for a meeting for love's worth

At Tyne Cot a gardener was working on the scared ground
And she stood on her shovel after planting flowers around
In the row two from her she noticed a misty cloud gather
And the old lady appeared out of this misty cloud lather

This lady stood looking at the white grave stone
And out of this mist from the grave with a groan
A young Australian soldier stood in front of her
Gradually the old lady transformed to her young self without flaw

So the young couple embraced and gently kissed
And the years melted away from the time that they missed
Then arm in arm they walked away into the mist
And the gardener was left to ponder what it meant in the gist

She went up to the grave and read the inscription written oration
Lance Corporal Norman Stone of the 10th AIF battalion
Killed in Action on 22 October 1918 a hero to be seen
The writing stated, 'I will meet you my darling again in our love's dream.'

© Paul Warren Poetry

Topic(s) of this poem: ghosts

Form: Prose Poem

Poet's Notes about The Poem

A story of love transcending death.

Comments about Love - Together Again In Love by Paul Warren

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (10/31/2015 8:35:00 PM)

    Verily, a very informative piece and heartily expressed
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 31, 2015

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