Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

Past Life War Memories - Poem by Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

flash back to World War I
past life death experiences
he was a famous war poet

when he was but three or four
his father's mother used to call
him 'old tot' and 'little old man'

she told his mother and various
others that he was an old soul
had walked this world before

she was supposedly never wrong
she read tarot cards and did table
knockings later his primary school

teacher who married his uncle
believed this incredible same thing
he used to draw pictures of trenches

at primary school age then shelling
heavy shelling of all drawn trenches
war in trenches then everyone died

past lives when real are locked
for good reason this life is important
what we do achieve in this life

anthems are silent for doomed youths
for soldiers who died as slaughtered cattle
pierced by ‘stuttering rifles' rapid rattle'

he had a special strange feeling for poetic lines
in a few heart strung poems playing poignant fines
haunting memories strung within solemn mask soul

from the first time he heard those poems
the words echoed in his soul as his own
but some souls born share linked purposes

it was also a poetic form he could easily write
choose not too it seemed too close to the bone
in each time select purposes are need achieved

Copyright © Terence George Craddock

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 9, 2012

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