Colin Ian Jeffery

Gold Star - 5,633 Points (Redhill Hospital)

Over The Top - Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery

Going over the top in World War One was when soldiers climbed from their trench to attack enemy trenches. At the battle of the Somme a British general ordered his men to walk towards the German trenches and not run. "We don't want the enemy to think we British are cowards." Thousands died because of his command.

Birds no longer sing
Where young men cower in trenches
Rifle with bayonet fixed
Wondering if they will live or die
Wanting comfort of a mother's kiss.

Officers blow whistles
Brigade clamber out of trenches
Walking over shell craters and through barbwire
On towards waiting machine gunners
Surmounting terrors that make men mad.

There is no sound
But beating of each soldier's heart
Stepping forward into hell
Trying to control terror and panic
Thinking of loved ones back home.

Machine gunners open up
Chatter of bullets raking the ranks
Deafening noise, screams as men are hit and fall
Wounded struggling in the mud
And for the dead grieving mothers to mourn.

Topic(s) of this poem: world war i

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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