On Your Doorstep Poem by F R Wills

On Your Doorstep

Rating: 5.0

The heather whistled in the wind
The waterfall crashed over the rocks
The sound of children's voices rang
The flag flew in the soft wind

The cottage stood strong
Windows thrown open in welcome
A thin trail of smoke rose from the chimney
The roses climbed the walls

Girls ran in the meadow
Daisy chains around their necks
White cotton skirts flowing
Bare feet wet with dew

A regiment came to the town
They mentioned a war
They called it the Great War
They said they needed help

They called for men to fight
No one came
They asked again
No one came

They went back to their homes
Never thinking of it again
That was until they came
With their loaded guns

Boots trampled the mud
The mud is all that is left
The grass decimated by tanks
The river bed stands dry

The flag is trodden into the mud
Only a hint of blue can be seen
The meadow is a barren battle field
The Daisies all are gone

The cottage stands in ruin
It's walls burnt to the ground
The only faint memory
A singed rose petal

They'd called for men to fight
No one came
They'd asked again
No one came

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: war
I based the first section of On Your Doorstep on a Propaganda poster that depicted England as full of rolling hills and picturesque cottages - something you would want to fight for as opposed to the cities many of the soldiers would have come from.
Chinedu Dike 23 April 2020

An insightful piece of poetry with beautiful and gruesome images, well conceived and nicely penned with conviction. A poignant portrayal of man inhumanity to man.

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Unwritten Soul 27 September 2015

This poem itself is a wide poster, i think you did create a pictures and imagery for this work :) kep it up

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F R Wills 27 September 2015

Thank you so much for your comment

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Kumarmani Mahakul 27 September 2015

Amazing cottage stands strong on your doorstep. Very wise and amazing sharing really....10

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F R Wills 27 September 2015

Thank you so much for your lovely comment

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