When death is closer than home....."It's a long way to Tipperary"

When death is closer than home....."It's a long way to Tipperary"

A Poem by Gee
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Each knew his fate......

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"Its a long way to Tipperary....."

A single voice the silence pierced
to drift through cordite air,
to rise above the clouds of death
forlorn, tinged with despair.

"Its a long way to go....."

Along the trench more voices joined
a choir now on death row,
ironic that they sang of home
for their fate they all did know.

"Its a long way to Tipperary..."

Across the mire where no man lived
o'er blood and stench and gore,
their song fell onto enemy
and through each heart it tore.

"to the sweetest girl I know......."

They'd be no winners in this war
only those that better fared,
a whole generations blooming youth
wars horror brutally pared.

"goodbye Piccadily........"

The brave who sang that fateful day
brothers, fathers, uncles, sons,
would perish going "over the top"
Scythed down by chattering guns.

"Farewell Leicester square........."

Now fields abloom with blood red flowers
blue skies, and larks on high,
remember the wanton sacrifice
of those that came to fight and die........

"Its a long, long, way to Tipperary,
but my heart's right there"










© 2018 Gee



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What a fantastic piece of work. I'm really into history especially the Great War so I could just imagine the poor lads marching through all the mud on their way to the trenches. Makes my little ditty's about WW1 look like they've been written by a 5 year old.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Gee

1 Month Ago

Not at all.
Thanks George
Love is the only assurance whe in despair and all seems lost. Something to hope for. Poignant write. Brings about the cruelty of wars. Calls on bitter sweet memories.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Gee

2 Months Ago

Thank you Kitty
kitty

2 Months Ago

My pleasure!
Wonderful writing Gee which describes the futility of warfare. It makes me shudder at the sacrifice, all those men who knew the chances of coming out alive were zilch. But that song, and many others they would have sung to remind them of home and their loved ones even in the bleakest moments. Well done.

Chris

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Thank you Christine. Doesn't bear thinking about the horrors those young fellas faced. Death probabl.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

brrh not so warm today Gee.
Brilliant piece Gee, better understood by the aged I reckon. It certainly was a Long way to Tipperary for those young soldiers and many of them didn't make it. This is a poem of respect to those who never made it back. I think I'd better stop before I become too upset. thanks for this one. Rod.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Thanks Rod. Staggering so many sacrificed. Would that happen today with immediate access to witness .. read more
matelotrod

3 Months Ago

Hope to God it is never repeated. Fingers crossed. Rod.
Love that song- you bring each word to life full meaning- sad cold place to be but much honour and respect for those that chose to stand for what they believed right and for the love of fellow man and country- more hearts need to humble themselves- wonderful🌹

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Thank you, glad you enjoyed as this is one of my own personal favourites.
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

3 Months Ago

Great minds think alike- my pleasure🌹
Ah! The horrors of war. Beautifully written.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Gee

6 Months Ago

Thank you..
WOW! Those words made me slowly see that story about men gathering together to fight and die. How true and how sad. A history lesson in a poem. Great work.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Gee

9 Months Ago

Thank you Bonnie. Have you ever listened to the song ?
Bonnie Paige

9 Months Ago

Yes I have. I loved on London many years ago. SW2
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Lin
What you have done here is incredible! You painted a picture in my mind and broke my heart. I could see the soldiers marching and singing to their deaths. It’s such a sad and beautiful poem.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Gee

9 Months Ago

Thank you Lin. Are you aware that the song lyrics obviously ain't written by this half wit.??
This is incredible. One of the best pieces of war poetry I have come across. I love this.Beautifully written and deeply moving language.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Gee

9 Months Ago

Thank you, glad you approve

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