Colin Coplin

Rookie - 107 Points (Australia)

Through The Fields (Unfinished) - Poem by Colin Coplin

In the year 1919, the battle scars could still be seen
As the great men walked through Versailles
They had a chance for lasting peace, instead the pips were heard to squeak
That bitter sound to echo a 100 years

And we walked on through the fields, with our high morals and higher ideals
And we held our banners high
Banning war and crime and drink, radio spoke faster than we could think
Our world got smaller day by day

Hey, hey tomorrows a new day
Cross your fingers, hope it lasts
The drummer boy bangs loud and clear
For all those with ears to hear
A clock wound back won't change history I fear

In the year of '29, when the bulls began to hide
And despair cut through the air
The promises we came to expect, lay on the trading floors with contempt
How could the mathematicians get it all wrong?

So we walked on through the fields
Past go, the bread lines and New Deals
Forgotten men giving ‘til it hurt
We turned our backs on many things, burning books and Nanking sin
Peace in our time fed the eagles of war

In the year of '39, a madman came from across the Rhine
Beyond the Danube the armies did swell
They washed across the fields so green, men and planes and war machines
In sunken eyes, death wore no disguise

And we walked on through the fields, past big holes that quickly filled
Marshalling hope and a Fair Deal
The sun now set on British soil, we drove through restaurants for our meals
A Baby born, whose clone would change the world

Hey, hey tomorrows a new day
Cross your fingers, hope it lasts
The drummer boy bangs loud and clear
For all those with ears to hear
A clock wound back won't change history I fear

In the year 1949, the Crucible replicates the times
A silent war soon cooled the world
The great leap forward had begun,
the Lucky Dragon sailed into the sun
Clemo's words still remain unheard

Still we walked on through the fields,
past cleared slums and rusting wheels
With a belief in kinder times
The woman of the streets had changed her charms,
Chadwick talked, they only laughed
The Midas touch looked down on Disney's park

In the year of '59, the year some say the music died
We wiped tears from our daughter's eyes
The torched passed on to younger hands,
we wade through jungles in foreign lands
The Sign of God was charged with crimes

And we walked on through the fields,
felt the earth shake beneath our heels
Singing love is all you need
With a suitcase full of votes we got Camelot and a lot of hope
Dance Tambourine Man, dance

Hey, hey tomorrows a new day
Cross your fingers, hope it lasts
The drummer boy bangs loud and clear
For all those with ears to hear
A clock wound back won't change history I fear

In the year of '69 a giant leap for all mankind
The flood gates opened and the waters swelled
The Tigers won the final round

Hey, hey tomorrows a new day
Cross your fingers, hope it lasts
The drummer boy bangs loud and clear
For all those with ears to hear
A clock wound back won't change history I fear
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In the twilight of the century, take a breath while it's still free
Now there's a change in the weather
Like our father's and theirs before, yes we are still making war
Y2K, GFC, Wormwood sounds unreal and a little silly

And we walked on through the fields, with our high morals and higher ideals
And we hold our banners high
Waging war on abstract nouns, manufacturing enemies, they're easily found
Faulty intelligence and Unical

In the year 1919, the battle scars could still be seen
As the great men walked through Versailles
They had a chance for lasting peace, instead the pips were heard to squeak
That bitter sound to echo a 100 years

Copyright Colin Coplin 2006 Updated 2011)

Topic(s) of this poem: History


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 29, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, November 28, 2014


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