It all depends upon you point of view

It all depends upon you point of view

A Story by Wild Rose

It all depends upon your point of view


It was early in 1940

Mother and young child walking along a Scottish High Street

The castle gates opened; a band struck up

Drums banging a march beat - Bum; Bum: Bum; Bum

The bagpipe squirls joined in


An officer carrying his unsheathed sword pointing upwards

A Saltire flag flanked by two men Rifles with fixed bayonets on their shoulders

Pipe Majour in all his spledure followed closely by the pipe band

A column of Scots soldiers;

Kilts and full regalia all with rifles with fixed bayonets


A crowd had gathered on the street

Cheering, calling out, waving flags

The young child began to cheer

"Stop that" the mother said

"Dont cheer; say a prayer for them"

"Why Mum ?

They are all cheering ?

"They are going to war and need our prayers" mum replied

"We must remember them when we say our prayers in the evening"


So it was added to the ritual prayers following

Please take care of daddy and keep him safe

Please look after all the soldier men and keep them safe


© 2019 Wild Rose


Author's Note

Wild Rose
I had tears myself as I finished this story
I changed the way I viewed all the pictures of men marching off to war
Oh and the lines of refugees - looking for a safe place to settle

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So many points in this it would be difficult to cover them all. Suffice it to say it is extremly well composed and all those points hit home just as they should, I feel. The pathos and almost melancoly with hindsight of the latter parts is mirrored beautifully in the first almost joyous parade.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

4 Months Ago

Thanks I was brought up during WWII
I do remember them marching out to war; training over go.. read more



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A powerful piece of writing. I can see why you called it a story rather than a poem. Very descriptive and the characters come to life as one reads the story. A very strong message for everyone who tends to cheer at soldiers going to war, and the last few lines add to the emotive strength when we learn that one of the soldiers going to war is the child's father and there is absolutely no certainty he will return home to his family.

Posted 2 Months Ago


So very sad! War is a dreadful business and should never be repeated.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Months Ago

That is human kind each wanting their own way
augustus

2 Months Ago

How true in this modern world!
I liked the concept of prayer for the soldiers.
"So it was added to the ritual prayers following
Please take care of daddy and keep him safe
Please look after all the soldier men and keep them safe"
I left family often. I didn't want wife and children at deployment. Prayers are needed for the soldiers off to war. Thank you dear friend for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

4 Months Ago

Thank you Coyote > Prayers are all that those left at home can do
Actualy it will be added i.. read more
Coyote Poetry

4 Months Ago

A wonderful chapter and you are welcome my dear friend.
What a tender, thoughtful work of LOVE this is. Fine job


Posted 4 Months Ago


Wild Rose

2 Months Ago

Memories > we were living in St Andrews > dad was stationed near by
Shortly after he was mov.. read more
I love this! This is such an original way to SHOW instead of pontificate about this huge difference in the way "war" is considered. I really choke at the glorification of war & all it's implements. I wonder how much of that is done to convince people of the need for war & to encourage those who must fight these wars . . . like a dizzying trance, everyone follows our leaders blindly. Your satire is deeply satisfying to me, reminding that we should always look at the more complex aspects of war (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

4 Months Ago

Thank you Margie > I was five but it changed meI never clapped and cheered at people going to war read more
Citizens cheering as the young people go off to war...while some of them are moms and dads and are hiding their tears because they fear their sons and daughters will not return. All soldiers deserve our prayers. Your words paint a vivid picture of what you remember as a child...must have been terrifying for you. Lydi**

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

4 Months Ago

Thanks Lydia > Well I didn't realise the actual situation - Only dad was away, we had moved to St A.. read more
It seems strange men marching off to war.
Like it was some sort of jolly.
Sadly the war to end all wars failed miserably.
But we must never forget the people who died to set us free.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

4 Months Ago

In the forces you are indoctrinated to follow orders what ever
Had a dose of that when colle.. read more
The cheering and waving off must have been to boost the morale of those going off to fight.The stiff upper lip and all that. Inside, as a mother and grandmother I would have been weeping buckets. Weeping because of the carnage my loved one was about to face and weeping for whether I would ever see them again. And even if they did make it home their minds would never be the same. Well written, left me feeling unsettled Wild Rose.

Chris

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

4 Months Ago

Thanks > Please read my Author's Note
We had moved to St Andrews dad was a corporal airframe .. read more
YEs we should cheer them for their sacrifice, but does this mean we condone the killing of others? This others that too have families, hopes & dreams for the rest of their lives, Is a prayer enough when decisions are made in assumed high places. How much is one human life worth? Any human life?

Thought provoking - thanksX

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Wild Rose

4 Months Ago

Thanks KWP They were cheering them on Mum was packing to return to our family - while dad had been m.. read more
I guess the cheers and celebration are meant to boost morale and mask the ugly truth that many will be killed or wounded. It is quite moving when you put the lens on it that you have.

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Wild Rose

4 Months Ago

Thanks I tried to convey both side a moral boost for those on their way to conflict
Thoughts .. read more

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