Soldiers Fade Away

Painting at Taplow Court

We sent them off to war,

these bright young men

We had no knowledge of what they saw,

They were  bright young men  no more .

Yes they were brave and they were whole

Those that survived had all lost their soul.

Many died, they were the lucky ones , death to them was kind.

Those who returned were faded in body and mind.

Their loved ones at first relieved

Soon found they had much cause to grieve.

Though there in body broken, they were not home in their mind

Whether whole in body or not they had left their minds behind.

They went out whole, these bright young things

Taplow Court

Taplow Court

They went full of pride for God and Kings

They ran head long into hell

Yet on return they could not relinquish it’s spell.

So we had a nation of half men ghosts

Whimpering fearful their heads still have them at their posts.

The trenches and the blasts of bombs, the smell of death

Clung to them and bled them dry, the whole in body, the blind, the amputee it was as if the battle, they never left

We sent them off to war,

These bright young men

We had no knowledge of what they saw,

They were bright young men no more.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. russtowne
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 23:40:14

    Powerful. Haunting. True too often.

    Excellent!

    Reply

  2. serendipityherbals
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 02:09:39

    Much survivors guilt for many who survive. Beautiful words!

    Reply

  3. johncoyote
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 20:41:29

    The poem told a true story. Years ago. A mother who son was killed in Iraq wanted to talk to President Bush. He wouldn’t talk to her. This shown me what we have for leaders.

    Reply

  4. Bryan Ens
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 20:53:53

    So true…even the survivors are victims. Powerful write!

    Reply

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