Tableau For Armistice Day Poem by Martin Swords

Martin Swords

Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland

Tableau For Armistice Day

Rating: 5.0


Posted on Nov.11th 2008 Armistice Day

In Memory of all the Irish Soldiers who were
killed or injured in The World War 1914 - 1918
including family members

' All The Boys'





Polished pride of place
The massive table, heart
Of the home, the only decent
Thing we ever bought.
Solid as a six year marriage
Set with a cloth at the sunny end
For tea. For two.
The rest littered with work,
A warm scarf half
Knitted, a stocking with a ladder.
Letters from the Front.
My pen, my paper,
“Dearest Harry….”
Nothing more.
A sodden handkerchief
My beads. Our picture.
And staring starkly back at me
A passion from Passchendaele
“…………….in action……..”

How can I fill this table,
Alone




Martin Swords
Jan 2006

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Joseph Poewhit 11 November 2008

I'm half Irish - here in New York City the 69th is well remembered

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C T Heart 11 November 2008

amazing tribute to all Irish soldiers...penned great. a 10.

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Martin Swords

Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland
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