Colin Ian Jeffery

Silver Star - 4,344 Points (Redhill Hospital)

Piper Of The Trenches - Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery

The bloodcurdling swirl of bagpipes boosted the morale for men of the Scottish regiments, and intimidated the enemy during World War One. Unarmed, drawing attention to himself the piper would lead the men ‘over the top' of the trenches and into battle. Over 1000 pipers died.

Up and out of the trench he goes
Regiment's piper alone with his pipes
Standing exposed he plays
Walks along the top of the trench.

Soldiers hearing the swirl of the bagpipes
See the piper facing enemy fire
Rise up and swarm from the trench
Following him out into no-man's land.

Over shell craters and through barbwire
With German machine guns raking the lines
They go, still hearing swirl of the pipes
With many falling never to rise again.

Topic(s) of this poem: courage, heroic, soldiers, war

Form: Free Verse


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  • (8/4/2014 5:47:00 AM)


    Very good and appropriate for the 100th anniversary of the Great War (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 21, 2014

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 9, 2017


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