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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Respectfully Touching

Beautiful Write and Read

Matthew

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Cheers Matthew
as we approach Rememberance Sunday you have captured the misery, the pity, the senslessness and the horror of young men beeing forced to give their lives for no real good reason so well!

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thank you John..
Brilliant, Gee.

You capture the finity of their last moments with gently superb words and rhyme. There was so much sacrifice during the Great War, and even today their stories of heroisim and laughter and song in the face of impending death are reverberating through our lives.

Another sadly poignant and timely write, Gee. For many did not make their way home to Tipperary.

Profound work.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thanks Doodley. Imagine trying to prise the youth of today off their X boxes to lay down their lives.. read more
Doodley

2 Years Ago

Not much chance of that happening! They would sit in the trenches glued to their iphones methinks.
Gee

2 Years Ago

Lol........,
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My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.
Wilfred Owen

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

There are wee differences between you and I Ken, mainly you are both a skilled artist and writer whi.. read more
Gee

2 Years Ago

S**t, born out....
Ken Simm.

2 Years Ago

Creative people are creative people. It is not a matter of degree I think. And I think the term half.. read more
Great and moving piece. A song of high spirits before going over the top.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Cheers....
Love this
So clever
I really think this captures first and second world wars

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thank you kindly
I just love this poem, like a song and I love the chorus line. In its pathos and story it reminds me so much of the Ameriican Civil War and my favorite book 'Gone with the wind'.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Probably telling you something you already know, "Its a long way to Tipperary" was a music hall favo.. read more
DIVYA

2 Years Ago

You are welcome :)
War is bloody and brutal. Many die for what they believe is right. This sums it up very well and the imagery conveys the thought of this piece.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thank you Beauty
Aloha Gee, this is devastatingly sad and beautiful. As I moved along the trench it is thick with uncertainty of young boys thrust into battle. The song a symbol of comfort. Leading each verse with a line from the song, creates a great sense of atmosphere. Izzy

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thank you Izzy
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I really loved this one. You managed to take the reader right to the battlefield. I love how you integrated the song so perfectly.

Really awesome write here.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Gee

2 Years Ago

Thanks Bev..

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Added on September 21, 2015
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Tags: death, loss, longing, despair sacrifice

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Milton keynes, United Kingdom



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