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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So, sooooo true. There really is no such thing as a "good war". War is nothing but a giant woodchipper of death which devours entire generations of good, innocent young men to satisfy the petty whims of those in power.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

Cheers Wolf A
The title immiately drew me in. And the poem failed to disapoint :D
it's a sad thing you've written about and I love the way you've gently taken that and touched it with your words. "They'd be no winners in this war" this struck me the most. I don't know exactly why but I like it the most. This is a fantastic poem I so very much appreciate!

Posted 9 Months Ago


Gee

9 Months Ago

Thank you Sarah, I'm chuffed you enjoyed the read.
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I read this before and I liked it again! It reminds me of an irish song, telling a story in perfect harmony and balance and history.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Gee

9 Months Ago

Thank you kindly. Hope you and yours are well.
There are both strength and weakness in the arts of war. Your pen is strong and your thoughts latent with a melancholic beauty. Excellent Job Gee!

Posted 9 Months Ago


Gee

9 Months Ago

Thank you kindly
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you featured this and I see that I reviewed a year ago....
I still think my review holds true. how sad right?
beautifully written, yet still we have heavy hearts because of things happening around us.
you write some fun, light, silly stuff but also remind us with pieces like this what a talent you are


Posted 9 Months Ago


Gee

9 Months Ago

You are to kind, but thank you.
Hope all is well with you
i just r e read this as it came up on the featuring and Im so glad you featured this.
I love this
i think this hsould be featured all the time.
its a great meaninful poem showing how the soldiers sang but you put verses in between very descriptive and emotional. I love it so talented.
so moving great work
by the way you didnt trivialise war at all

Posted 9 Months Ago


Gee

9 Months Ago

Thank you Julie :)
Ok, I cracked the code you sneaky bugger. Each ellipses has a different number of dots. It goes 5 dots, 5 dots, 3 dots, 7 dots, 8 dots, 9 dots, then 8 dots. So, it is seven numbers-- 5537898. Suspiciously like an American phone number. 553-7898.

What a dang mystery.

Grate pome.

Posted 10 Months Ago


Gee

10 Months Ago

LOL, I will, henceforth, address this as a matter of urgency. I'll be fucked if all and sundry start.. read more
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 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Thank you Kitty
kitty

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

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

1 Year Ago

brrh not so warm today Gee.

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