Forever Young

Forever Young

A Poem by Gee
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Repatriation of a fallen soldier

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The coffin draped in national flag
festooned with roses thrown,
mourned by the crowd that lined the way
as if he were their own.

Behind the slowly moving hearse
the family walked heads high,
for though the war had claimed his life
to them he'd never die.

Forever young this soldier,
forever young now free,
his life laid down for mankinds sake,
for justice, liberty.

Spontaneous, at first a few
but gradually one by one,
applause rang off every hand
in gratitude to this son.

A mothers child, a brother,
a fathers pride and joy,
in military terms a man of war,
to the family still their boy.

Forever young this soldier,
forever young now free,
his life laid down for mankinds sake,
for justice, liberty...


© 2020 Gee


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Reading this poem I felt a hollowness in this victory. Wouldn't he be better off growing dodderingly old and wrinkled alongside his loved ones? I would have celebrated that kind of end better. This is so beautifully written. My compliments on such nuanced writing, on such fluidity of words and the superb rhyming.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Gee

1 Month Ago

Thank you. It's funny to think that I used to post my simple rhyming poems thinking that the more di.. read more
DIVYA

1 Month Ago

Its such a pleasure and I'll certainly be back for more. :)
I love this!!! It reminds me of a poem mt granddad wrote while in wwII

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Thank you Lydia and I take my hat off to your grandad
Lydia Waldock

4 Years Ago

Although passed away he will appreciate :)
Reminds me of Brize Norton. Always made me cry buckets those ceremonies. Poignant poem Gee.

Chris

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Memories of Wootton Bassett spawned this one.
Hi Christine, hope all is well with you.
This is a beautiful poem about the importance of remembering and honouring and celebrating the lives of those who gave theirs to protect ours. I love this. I read it a dozen times before posting this review, and I loved it a little more each time.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Thanks Lexi. Simple stuff but understandable...hopefully
Yes, we do have to acknowledge what soldiers have done. For their bravery and sacrifice. But it is well to remember that which ever side they are on, they all believe they are fighting for right. And war is usually caused by the powers that be, who are fighting for their own cause. I just wish that the World would find a way to deal with these things without bloodshed. PS. your poem was , as usual, well structured, and tripped off the tongue. Nicely done.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Gee

5 Years Ago

Thank you..
Wonderful. It filled me with sadness and pride at the same time. I loved it

Posted 5 Years Ago


Gee

5 Years Ago

Thank you Gwen
This is beautiful. Truly amazing. I admire your writing. You stirred up so many emotions, I don´t even have words. Beautiful.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Gee

5 Years Ago

Thank you, glad you approve
This is a tale of heart break and one many can relate to. I love the stanza about the mother.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Gee

5 Years Ago

Thank you..
Beautifully done and quite meaningful to this Yank on this Independence Day holiday. Thank you.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Gee

5 Years Ago

Hope you enjoy the break and thank you. I watched the news showing many a young man repatriated. So,.. read more
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.
This is an extraordinarily beautiful song of sorrow.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Gee

5 Years Ago

Thank you kindly Ken

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Gee
Gee

Milton keynes, United Kingdom



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