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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Well, you are either 130 years old or are a history buff! The stanza form is even an ode to early modernists. Much appreciation for what you are doing. I would submit that, although, you do break down and engage in a wee bit of nihilism- You have not gone full dada which was historically, and artistically, speaking the true mark of this epoch. The survivors of this war would not have held so tight- i.e. Leave no place empty in my ribs/Attend to all my holes!/Let the very night be the triumphant sojourn of your young eternity, the belly of jahveh will be my hunger!/His sex the survival/Of my annihilation. - Julien Torma. So my point being, you are engaging in the history, but holding too hard to the form. Cheers!

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Thank you William,probably the most interesting review ever delivered on an effort of mine.Being unr.. read more
Anti-war, yet a genuine tribute to those who sacrificed everything to eventually reinstate peace.
Peace costs blood; these mostly unknown men gave it.
Impressive poem!

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Cheers....
Men in war is always close to my heart strings. A light touch to the abundant sorrows to come.

Regards,
Al

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Thank you Alfred.
Excellent and not only that, this is perhaps one of the most ragged and real attempts at depicting the innocence and futility of war I have stumbled across in some time and by St' George, what a war that was

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Cheers Neville,appreciate your kind words
Neville

4 Years Ago

and truly meant.............N
Touching and really well done. I was a kid when I met the only WWI vet I've ever known. As I recall, that war was supposed to be the big one, the war to end all wars. What is it with us humans? What's wrong with us?

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

If we didn't learn from that war then there really is no hope.Thanks Samuel
Beautifully done. Describes the folly of war in a unique style.
It reminds me of a TV movie called “My Son Jack.” It tells of Kipling's only son and his death in WWI.
Your poem tells a good “story.”

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Thank you Robert
Describes the horrors of war while contrasting with the cheerful song. Well done.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Thank you Philip.....
It's wonderful how you injected the lyrics of the song between your stanzas. They might have been singing as they went to war, but they were not going to a dance, were they? Nope, no winners in wars. Young lives ended far too soon and young minds changed forevermore from the horrors they see. Powerfully emotive write. Lydi**

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Thanks Lydia for your kind words
Brilliant write Gee What horrors must they have witnessed so young.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

Doesn't bear thinking about.Cheers mate
My husband's 2nd cousin was the Sgt. Alvin C. York the WW1 movie was made about. He got to see him in the hospital when he was a kid before Sgt. York passed away. Valentine

Posted 4 Years Ago


Gee

4 Years Ago

The family must have been very proud.Thanks Kathie

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Milton keynes, United Kingdom



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