Dead of the war

Dead of the war

A Poem by barnaby harrison

This poem is for all those who never made it...


The dead of the war stand in gloom
A scarlet tinge for the muted room
People beaten by tools of war
Stand together, forgotten in law

Anxiety and anger purge my heart
This beats to the soldier’s steady march
Into battle we must go
Our general shouted, we moaned and groaned

My conscience took me by the hand
Or cowardice I turned and ran
Murdered by our former friends
Comrades' lives, now loose ends

A shell amiss, an ‘honourable death’
The recollection of quickened breaths
The flicker book of Sundays passed
A life that was meant to last

Respect upmost those who fought
Let them occupy your thoughts
I’m not the mean and selfish kind
These people will always fill my mind

I loved my life, I treasured it
Now memories come back in bits
We marched in battle, four by four
We are the dead of the war

© 2015 barnaby harrison

Author's Note

barnaby harrison
If you like it please recommend! I am open to any criticism you may have....thanks!

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Truly a great read. I enjoyed the way you illustrated it all. It felt so real reading it, it was almost if I was in one myself. Thank you for sharing this, and keep up the great work!

Posted 5 Years Ago

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barnaby harrison

5 Years Ago

Thank you very much
This is a deep, thought provoking write. Recently here in the states was Memorial Day. Flags flying on all the military graves. Sad but remembered. Then in the paper, one cemetery that would not allow the flags,,WHY? Valentine

Posted 6 Years Ago

barnaby harrison

6 Years Ago

Thank you for your comment and i agree...why no flags?

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Added on June 10, 2015
Last Updated on June 10, 2015
Tags: war, death, life, rememberance


barnaby harrison
barnaby harrison

Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom

I am a creative writer based in Lymington, UK. My passion is poetry although recently I have shifted to writing crime fiction and other dark short novels. more..