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

Each knew his fate......

"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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Gosh, Gee, your Quatrains and refrains speak in a bold poetic voice that penetrates and sweeps your reader away into the moment, as excellent poetry should.
Many emotions flowed through me while reading though the messages and imagery of your lines and verse, Gee, the least of which inspired a soft and regretful, but grateful tear for all the brave beings who fought and sacrificed (often, wantonly and unjustly) for the sake of freedom from the tyranny of dictatorship and terror.
With the exception of a few flow issues (easily addressed), I think you've rendered a virtual masterpiece, and I love it … thank you, My Friend, for the privilege and pleasure! 〜 Richard

Posted 4 Years Ago


4 Years Ago

Thank you Richard for a great review.As with all of my poems this was written quite quickly,45mins,t.. read more
Richard 🍃

4 Years Ago

A big thumbs-up!
struck me dead center ... we should never forget those brave hearts ... ever .. nor the heritage they secured at such great cost ..well said ...very well indeed .. and as i hear them singing i can feel their courage swell ... such a power in song sung by brothers at arms ...

Posted 4 Years Ago


4 Years Ago

Indeed,and most knowing their fate.Cheers
Einstein Noodle

4 Years Ago

yes sir! so weepingly true!
Aye yes indeed, the horrors, brutality and futility of 'bloody' war so compassionately and powerfully expressed in this well thought out poem!

Top writing my friend !

Posted 4 Years Ago


4 Years Ago

Thanks,appreciate the review
A wonderful tribute to all of those who gave there all, so that we could have a better future. So many souls, lost to the madness that is war. So many families affected by their loss. A wonderful tribute indeed my friend

Posted 4 Years Ago


4 Years Ago

Thank you kindly

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Added on September 21, 2015
Last Updated on November 12, 2019
Tags: death, loss, longing, despair sacrifice



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