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Soldier - Poem by Alf Hutchison

A tribute to Rhodesia's Soldier Pioneers.

He held Dads medals in his hand,
As they lowered his casket down
A hole dug in that barren land,
On the slopes of Salisbury Town.

Head bowed down towards the sand,
Tears raining from his eye,
On the Medals clutched within his hand,
Like raindrops from on high.

He listened to the prayers and Word,
And to the eulogy;
No finer words had this lad heard,
Of his only progeny.

Rhodesia was, in those first days,
Untamed and fancy free,
Dingaan was the black mans praise,
King of M’tabele.

All the pacts and treaties broken,
By Dingaan and his son,
Treaties both penned and spoken,
Now broken every one.

Rebellion grew against those white
By blacks a thirst for war,
Warriors vexing their great might
Were fifty score, times four.

An assegai had pierced his chest,
As he fought hand to hand.
These ‘Murungus’ coming from the west,
Unwelcomed in Black’s land.

Proud medals from some distant war,
His life’s worth left to show,
Reminders of campaigns of yore,
Fought for a land… he’d never know.


Comments about Soldier by Alf Hutchison

  • Rookie ~ Jon London ~ (7/5/2009 11:45:00 AM)

    A true and raw piece...that captures the nature of what this world has turned a blind eye to....Only snippets of such wars are captured by the civilians of this world...yet the truth..returns home with the endless body count of the full hearted lions of the field...fighting to protect the people of this world and to protect what they hold so dear to them.....the truth behind war will never be fully appreciated by many..but the families who are left childless..or parent-less by such a fight....thank you Alf for bringing this to many attention...this is a much needed share...for many to come to understand...what it actually takes to protect them in their busy lives....10++++ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 207 Points Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (6/17/2009 2:17:00 PM)

    Most of 'em would never know what they're fighting for.Its no longer about the land or leaderships, but its whose who, the strongest cuz only the strongest rules n survives, but not for long! Great piece Alf! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gus Mason (6/17/2009 3:16:00 AM)

    Thank you for this piece Alf. a really epic penning to go with my Henry Hollis 12 bore relic of that war.10+.
    Sombre, wretching, touching reflection
    Was the dead man's name Hutchison? (Report) Reply

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Poems About Soldier

  1. 1. A Soldier , Robert Frost
  2. 2. 1914 V: The Soldier , Rupert Brooke
  3. 3. The Soldier , Robert Frost
  4. 4. Adieu To A Soldier , Walt Whitman
  5. 5. A Mystic As Soldier , Siegfried Sassoon
  6. 6. The Young British Soldier , Rudyard Kipling
  7. 7. Prayer Of A Soldier In France , Joyce Kilmer
  8. 8. The Fallen Soldier , Branden Hidalgo
  9. 9. The Soldier Fights , katie
  10. 10. The Young Soldier , Wilfred Owen
  11. 11. Soldier An' Sailor Too , Rudyard Kipling
  12. 12. Young Soldier , Only Yours
  13. 13. The Soldier (Memorial Day Memorial Day M.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  14. 14. Unknown Soldier , Alf Hutchison
  15. 15. Soldier, Maiden, And Flower , Eugene Field
  16. 16. Soldier, Soldier , Rudyard Kipling
  17. 17. God And The Soldier , Anonymous
  18. 18. God And The Soldier , Anonymous Americas
  19. 19. The Death Of A Soldier , Wallace Stevens
  20. 20. The Soldier , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  21. 21. The Dumb Soldier , Robert Louis Stevenson
  22. 22. A Tale From A Union Soldier , Jeff Fleischer
  23. 23. ! Soldier Vs Terrorists! , Rema Prasanaa
  24. 24. Soldier, Rest! Thy Warfare O'Er, , Sir Walter Scott
  25. 25. The Soldier , katie
  26. 26. Just A Soldier , Eleanor ...
  27. 27. Hello, Soldier! , Edward George Dyson
  28. 28. The Soldier , John Clare
  29. 29. Soldier Freddy , Spike Milligan
  30. 30. Soldier , Alf Hutchison
  31. 31. Soldier: Twentieth Century , Isaac Rosenberg
  32. 32. The Broken Soldier , Katharine Tynan
  33. 33. Taps For My Soldier , C.J. Heck
  34. 34. Dirge For A Soldier , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  35. 35. A Soldier , Denise Girod
  36. 36. The Wars And The Unknown Soldier , Conrad Potter Aiken
  37. 37. A Soldier Home From A War , David Harris
  38. 38. The Soldier Boy Lies Dying , Scarlett Treat
  39. 39. ! Soldier ! , GAYATRI NAMBIAR
  40. 40. A Soldier To America. , JOSE MURGUIA
  41. 41. Welcome Home Soldier , David Barlow
  42. 42. Soldier Going To The War , Richard Le Gallienne
  43. 43. Oh! He's Nothing But A Soldier , Anonymous Americas
  44. 44. Soldier, Wake , Sir Walter Scott
  45. 45. Teacher, Soldier With A Pen , Dr. Yogesh Sharma
  46. 46. Soldier Boy , Robert William Service
  47. 47. A Nato Soldier , Sadiqullah Khan
  48. 48. On A Soldier Fallen In The Philippines , William Vaughn Moody
  49. 49. Any Soldier To His Son , Anonymous English
  50. 50. My Husband, My Soldier, My Hero, My Friend , Courtney Lane
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