Bright young Men

We sent them off to war,

These bright young men

We had no knowledge of what they saw,

They came home bright young men no more .

Yes though brave they were no longer whole

Those that survived had no soul.

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

Those who returned were faded in body and in mind.

Their loved ones at first relieved

Soon found they had much cause to grieve.

Though there, in body broken,

Their fears left unspoken

Their minds were left behind.

They went out whole, these bright young things.

They returned lost, holding on by gossimar strings

Taplow Court

They went full of pride for God and King

They ran head long into hell

On return they could not relinquish itโ€™s bad spell.

So we had a nation of half men, half ghosts

Fearful, their heads still had 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 of eye

The amputee, it was as if they had never left.

We sent them off to war,

These bright young men

We had no knowledge of what they saw,

They returned bright young men no more.

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Paintings by William Rothenstein.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Nov 11, 2018 @ 08:24:15

    Oh sis this is just so sad….

    Reply

  2. charlypriest
    Nov 11, 2018 @ 10:26:21

    ยจthey had no knowledge of what they sawยจ, do you know?

    Reply

    • willowdot21
      Nov 11, 2018 @ 11:23:45

      Hi Charly, I wrote”We had no knowledge what they saw” I just meant I for one have no idea of the horrors they wittnessed or endured. It must of been awful. ๐Ÿ’œ

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      • charlypriest
        Nov 11, 2018 @ 12:20:23

        Probably yes, but it was another time that those humans lived in and eventually some survived.

        By the way, almost forgot, I was in my time a cool soldier in strange countries, apart from that is that the heart is blue…โ€ฆ
        what are you all people doing with these type of things? You all are crazy

      • willowdot21
        Nov 11, 2018 @ 12:31:50

        I am sorry just respecting what my forefathers gave up for us. I have family recent and past who have served, and died for this country. I in tend no offense. Thank you for your service.

  3. Jordan
    Nov 11, 2018 @ 10:29:47

    Reblogged this on Jordyโ€™s Streamings.

    Reply

  4. Jordan
    Nov 11, 2018 @ 10:30:10

    โค๏ธ

    Reply

  5. Christine Bolton
    Nov 11, 2018 @ 16:43:03

    So sad ๐Ÿ˜ข We should remember this always

    Reply

  6. Betty Hayes Albright
    Nov 14, 2018 @ 05:21:57

    So sad…. War is indeed hell. ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ’œ

    Reply

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