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"









© 2019 Gee


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Brilliant piece Gee, better understood by the aged I reckon. It certainly was a Long way to Tipperary for those young soldiers and many of them didn't make it. This is a poem of respect to those who never made it back. I think I'd better stop before I become too upset. thanks for this one. Rod.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Thanks Rod. Staggering so many sacrificed. Would that happen today with immediate access to witness .. read more
matelotrod

1 Year Ago

Hope to God it is never repeated. Fingers crossed. Rod.
Love that song- you bring each word to life full meaning- sad cold place to be but much honour and respect for those that chose to stand for what they believed right and for the love of fellow man and country- more hearts need to humble themselves- wonderful🌹

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Thank you, glad you enjoyed as this is one of my own personal favourites.
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

1 Year Ago

Great minds think alike- my pleasure🌹
Ah! The horrors of war. Beautifully written.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Thank you..
WOW! Those words made me slowly see that story about men gathering together to fight and die. How true and how sad. A history lesson in a poem. Great work.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thank you Bonnie. Have you ever listened to the song ?
Bonnie Paige

2 Years Ago

Yes I have. I loved on London many years ago. SW2
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Lin
What you have done here is incredible! You painted a picture in my mind and broke my heart. I could see the soldiers marching and singing to their deaths. It’s such a sad and beautiful poem.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thank you Lin. Are you aware that the song lyrics obviously ain't written by this half wit.??
This is incredible. One of the best pieces of war poetry I have come across. I love this.Beautifully written and deeply moving language.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thank you, glad you approve
I agree with Annette . . . chills here, too. This is the most brilliant thing I've ever read about war. I was almost dreading reading this, when I realized what it was about. I hate war, never watch movies or read books about it. But somehow you've drawn this heartfelt portrait with of ton of gore, while also keeping it artfully perfect. The exacting rhyme & rhythm reminds one of marching, almost with a lilt, as if defying odds. This is an amazing poem. I'm mind-blown! *BOOM!* (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Hi Margie, I'm gobsmacked at your review. Thank you kindly.
This poem gave me the chills Gee. So deeply moving, the soldiers’ brave march to certain death...Beautiful language, form, flow, cadence, rhyme, musicality. The never- ending dirge. Imagery so skillfull-“Scythed down by chattering guns.”-brilliant. They die, we cry...”It’s a long, long way to Tipperary”-still. Kudos

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thank you Annette
Real talent very touching and moving

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thanks Julie, an oldie but apt today

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Added on September 21, 2015
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