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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Trench warfare WW1

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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........"

All those that 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"










© 2017 Gee



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My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.
Wilfred Owen

Posted 1 Month Ago


Gee

1 Month Ago

There are wee differences between you and I Ken, mainly you are both a skilled artist and writer whi.. read more
Gee

1 Month Ago

S**t, born out....
Ken Simm.

1 Month Ago

Creative people are creative people. It is not a matter of degree I think. And I think the term half.. read more
Great and moving piece. A song of high spirits before going over the top.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Gee

1 Month Ago

Cheers....
Love this
So clever
I really think this captures first and second world wars

Posted 2 Months Ago


Gee

2 Months Ago

Thank you kindly
I just love this poem, like a song and I love the chorus line. In its pathos and story it reminds me so much of the Ameriican Civil War and my favorite book 'Gone with the wind'.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Gee

2 Months Ago

Probably telling you something you already know, "Its a long way to Tipperary" was a music hall favo.. read more
DIVYA

2 Months Ago

You are welcome :)
War is bloody and brutal. Many die for what they believe is right. This sums it up very well and the imagery conveys the thought of this piece.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Thank you Beauty
Aloha Gee, this is devastatingly sad and beautiful. As I moved along the trench it is thick with uncertainty of young boys thrust into battle. The song a symbol of comfort. Leading each verse with a line from the song, creates a great sense of atmosphere. Izzy

Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

Thank you Izzy
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I really loved this one. You managed to take the reader right to the battlefield. I love how you integrated the song so perfectly.

Really awesome write here.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Gee

6 Months Ago

Thanks Bev..
Beautifully written Gee. Lots of heavy hearts today.

Posted 11 Months Ago


Gee

11 Months Ago

Indeed, a sobering day for all. However on a lighter note it is my beautiful daughters 16 th birthd.. read more
World war one. A bloody war.
"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........ "
It is sad we forgot the old wars. The lesson of war should teach us to seek peace. It didn't. Thank you Gee for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 11 Months Ago


Gee

11 Months Ago

Aye, man will never learn. Thank you Coyote
Coyote Poetry

11 Months Ago

I agree my friend and you are welcome.
So, I had to shed a few tears at this. Haunting and lovely. I like the story you've told. I love poetry that tells a story and doesn't make me guess at the meaning behind the words. This is so sad!

Posted 11 Months Ago


Gee

11 Months Ago

Thank you DC

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Tags: death, loss, longing, despair sacrifice

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Gee

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom



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