jerry hughes

Unsung Heroes

'to the memory of those massacred at the Somme'

What sunrise set before those young men fell?
Facing insurmountable odds they squelched
through mud to fight a pointless bloody campaign,
because 'the enemy' was there.

The Generals safe in tents gave orders,
and returned to coffee and cigars.
They weren't overly concerned as they were
following orders too from 'higher up' - where
in cosy carpeted rooms old men in morning
suits sent despatches, tapped their pipes,
and refilled them.

The King in his castle secure and whisky warm,
telephoned his Minister for War.
'How goes it at the Somme? '
The answer was succinct and like the colour grey.
'As well as can be expected, Sir',
'Our casualties? ' the King enquired.
'Considerable, Sir.'
'Oh? ' was all the King could say.

Meanwhile at the Somme,
their bodies soaked in mud, and blood and rain,
420,000 unsung heroes died.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Poem Edited: Monday, April 25, 2011

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  • Gregory Collins (1/3/2008 6:45:00 AM)

    gas, gas, GAS, dulce et decorum est

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  • Nimal Dunuhinga (11/14/2007 1:26:00 AM)

    The crazy War lords must re-read this valuable poem and memorize their dirty jobs.

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  • Linda OriLinda Ori (11/14/2007 12:22:00 AM)

    Armchair warriors with their heads burried in the sand. Otherwise, how could they sleep at night? To them it's a battle of statistics and politics. But what if they were called to the front? Would strategies remain the same? Rank has its privililedge, so they say. Good point, Jer.
    Linda :)

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  • Indira Babbellapati (11/14/2007 12:10:00 AM)

    the old men should have been in their mourning suits...mourning for their own selves! curse the war lords!

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