So Your Memory Lives On

War Cementery

So Your Memory Lives On

(Inspired by Wilfred Owen)


Fatigued. We trudge to the sound of each other's boots.

Every step an effort.

Men fall, exhausted

Having walked for days in sack like uniforms.

Glad to be away from the trenches...

But we will be back...

Mind over matter,

We 'll get shot by our own if we break.


The mantra of Dolce Et Decorum Est resonates within

Yet a still small voice sometimes questions

Is it good and right to die for one's country?


We are fighting for our lives boys,

Flashback terrors of the front.

Alfred's froze, get alongside boys,

Leave no man behind.


So we march, to the sound of the drum,

Our eyes nipping with tiredness.

The yoke of our kit made worse

By our saturated clothes that now hang from us.


It's a long time since Yorkshire

The Dales and some wholesome food.

When will I escape this mire?

I must remember that this is good.


Decades on, it is time to remember

I lost countless fine lads,

You are gone but not forgotten

For your memory lives on.


So I will stand at the cenotaph in memory,

With the generations that live on,

Teaching them to honour

So your memory lives on.


By Patricia Ann Ward 27/6/14

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Docmo 2 years ago from UK

A beautiful tribute to the fallen ones and those who fight for our freedom. Awesome.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Well done. Thank you for sharing your poetry. Jamie


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K. Burns Darling 2 years ago from Orange County, California

And through the words of poets like you, so too shall they always be remembered. A beautifully written piece about the tragedy, loss, and ravages of war. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

What a lovely poem and tribute to fallen heroes.

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