David SmithWhite

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Simpson And His Donkey - Poem by David SmithWhite

On the beaches of Gallipoli,
in the Straits of the Dardenelles.
The cliffs hung like tattered scenery,
on a circus carousel.
The men rode their rocking ferries,
to a dark and hostile shore;
from the heights the fire was raking,
'cause that's the luck of war.

A man walked with his donkey,
across those alleys of fear.
A man walked with his donkey,
with his burden so dear.
A man walked with his donkey,
through the deadly leaden hail;
a man walking with his donkey,
surely would not fail.

A man walked with his donkey,
but it was no idle stroll.
Not a picnic or fairground fancy,
but a pit of tortured souls.
A man walked with his donkey,
with his donkey, beside;
a man walking with his donkey:
so his fallen mates could ride.

A man leant, (he was weary) ,
on his donkey to stand.
Exhausted with the furies,
on the grey sea and sand.
Such a time spent so easy,
can be a wonder to arrive;
for a man talking to his donkey,
it was good to be alive.

A man walked with his donkey,
with his donkey in tow.
A man walked through shooting galleries,
in this valley of woe.
A man walked with his donkey,
with a sure foot and pace;
a man walking with his donkey,
bravely saved his mates.

On the beaches of Gallipoli,
in the Straits of the Dardenelles.
A man led his stoic donkey,
through blast and bursting shell.
Like the heroes of the ancients,
there are still bards to tell:
how Simpson and his donkey,
made it a little less like hell.


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  • (4/11/2019 9:21:00 PM)

    hey this is such a great poem i love this poem (Report)Reply

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  • (12/20/2018 1:29:00 PM)

    Its a great poem. I wonder if anyone's ancestors saw, met or knew Simpson at Gallipoli? If so, please share their stories. Thank You. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/2/2018 1:28:00 AM)

    Who had the donkey c.o.c.k Simpson or his Donkey? The donkey is a metaphor for a very big one. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/22/2018 7:55:00 PM)

    this isn't even homer simpson the best one: ( (Report)Reply

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  • (4/15/2018 8:58:00 PM)

    My great great grandfather was writing a diary about Simpson cause my great great grandfather was in the same unit of war as simpson (Report)Reply

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  • (3/28/2018 8:03:00 PM)

    I would like to use your poem in a display in the Burnie Library, Tasmania, Australia on ANzac day.
    Can I have your pemission please.
    My email address is sue.hodgetts@education.tas.gov.au.
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  • (10/20/2005 8:40:00 PM)

    Gee, I had to look in your bio to see if you were a 'dead poet' (meant in a GOOD way!) whose work someone was sharing, or a contemporary PH guy. I see it's the latter! You really capture the feeling of a poem written at the battle of Gallipoli, or shortly after. I find your use of words skillful. I'm not sure if 'a man walked with his donkey' is repeated just enough or a little (only slightly) too much.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    I appreciated reading your bio, too.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 20, 2005

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 20, 2005


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