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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Forever young...
So tragic when lives are stolen from the young.
This breaks my heart.

Posted 8 Years Ago


Gee

8 Years Ago

Happens so often.Thanks Miss P
This should be read as tribute at any soldiers funeral!!! well done Gee

Posted 8 Years Ago


Gee

8 Years Ago

Cheers Terry,you're very kind
beautiful tribute to every young person who has given their life for mankind and our high ideals...

Posted 8 Years Ago


Gee

8 Years Ago

Thank you kindly Jeannemarie
This is quite wonderful, and I thank you for writing it.

Posted 8 Years Ago


Gee

8 Years Ago

Hi Karen,thanks...
and a beautiful tribute to a fallen brother

Posted 8 Years Ago


Gee

8 Years Ago

Cheers,thanks for reading and commenting,appreciate it very much
 wordman

8 Years Ago

my pleasure gee
And to the land of the "Forever Young" he does go. Young, himself, in years. Young, himself, in spirit. And now, young, himself, in death. And forever remembered for his sacrifice. Made for justice. Made for Liberty. There is more honor in that than in most things. So an honored death. While a life cut short, it is a life ended in honor. Who can ask for more than that?

Very best regards,

Rick

Posted 8 Years Ago


Gee

8 Years Ago

Thank you Rick
The title 'Forever Young' can be overlooked at the start but it really hits home more and more each time the reader encounters it throughout. Like nails in a coffin - like the thud of soil on casket - each time.
The penultimate stanza - mentions 'father...man....boy" - they are all things to all men when they die this way. The refrain is very lyrical - its would be as fine a memorial song as it is a poem.
Boys aren't men just because they don a uniform but they are made to be and they certainly die like men.
Fine tribute Gee - I can't imagine how it felt to see those unending funerals. RIP.

Posted 8 Years Ago


Gee

8 Years Ago

Cheers mate,great review.I used to watch the almost daily broadcasts of these corteges slowly moving.. read more
A heartfelt tribute to those who keep us safe. One of the best poems I've read on this site in a long time.

:) Julie

Posted 8 Years Ago


Gee

8 Years Ago

I am gobsmacked by your comments,thank you kindly
MsJewel

8 Years Ago

My pleasure. Your poem is outstanding.
brought a tear to my heart!! such a great tribute write to all that serve and help protect our freedom! Love it Gee

Posted 9 Years Ago


Gee

9 Years Ago

Thank you my child you are kinder than a kind person purchased from the kind store next to the fishm.. read more
sereenaoutloud

9 Years Ago

so does that mean I'm kind then? lol
you are most welcome Gee this was a brilliant write! :)
Gee

9 Years Ago

Indeed,indeed it does my dear.Thank you
A very touching tribute Gee!
It was a great read. :]

Posted 9 Years Ago


Gee

9 Years Ago

Thank you...
GreenEyedPoet

9 Years Ago

Welcome. :]

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Added on May 26, 2015
Last Updated on November 8, 2020
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Gee

Milton keynes, United Kingdom



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